Changes Imminent for OSHA’s Online Injury and Illness Reporting

- Last week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported a potential compromise of its online portal for submitting injury and illness data, reinforcing concerns about the already-controversial electronic record-keeping rule.

The breach was discovered on August 14, only two weeks after the website for submitting online data went live.

In a statement to, the agency said that, “at this time, one company appears to have been affected and that company has been notified of the issue.”

The data breach further erodes industry confidence in the new OSHA rule, enacted at the end of the Obama administration, which will require employers to submit injury and illness data through the online portal beginning in December. Industry advocates had already challenged the rule in court, citing concerns over potential fallout if injury reports were made open and accessible to the public.

Like many Obama-era labor policies, the rule faces scrutiny and potential dismantling under President Trump’s business-friendly OSHA. Industry lobbying had already successfully convinced The White House to delay the implementation of the rule, originally scheduled for February 2017. The administration is likely to scrap the rule’s so-called anti-retaliation provisions as well as halt plans to allow data to be publicly accessible.

Further information on the breach and the injury and illness reporting portal can be found on OSHA’s website here.

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