Friday, November 8, 2013

Make Your OSHA Injury Records Available to the Public--Say What?

Companies must retain records. From time to time regulators ask to see those records. When companies fail to produce the requested information, there is usually a consequence-from a minor hand slap to a full-fledged flogging.

For big companies that are required to retain worker injury and illness records (that is many businesses) to comply with OSHA, that records keeping requirements may be about to get more painful.

The US Labor Department just proposed a new rule that would require companies with more than 250 employees to file electronic injury reports and make these records AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.  I don’t know if that is better or worse than making the CIA disclose records about interrogating terrorists, but I would bet that most companies will have something to say about it.

What do you think—good transparency or an accident waiting to happen? Pun intended. Boom. 

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