OSHA Updates Record Keeping Rule after Disapproval Resolution

- On April 27, OSHA posted an official update in the federal register concerning a controversial rule that clarified aspects of an employer’s continuing obligation to maintain records of work-related injuries.

Though employers have long been required to record and maintain workplace illness and injury data for a five-year period, the final rule in question expanded the time period in which an employer could be cited for violations from 6 months to over five years.

The rule was passed at the tail end of the Obama administration and faced heavy criticism from industry representatives and conservative lawmakers. Shortly after obtaining control of Washington, the new Republican House and Senate both passed a resolution of disapproval in March, and President Trump signed the resolution into law on April 3, 2017.

Read the official update to the final rule here.

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