The Grain Journal recently published a series of seven articles by the national OSHA Practice Group at Epstein Becker Green. The articles outline a checklist for employers to follow in order to comply with OSHA's complex Injury & Illness Recordkeeping regulations. The articles are broken down as follows:
- Scope of OSHA's Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Rule;
- OSHA's Recordkeeping Forms;
- Recording Injuries and Illnesses;
- Recording Workplace Injuries/Illnesses;
- Miscellaneous Recording Procedures;
- Updating and Verifying Records; and
- Recordkeeping Action Plan.
Here is an excerpt from the article series:
"The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations at 29 CFR 1904 and 1952 set forth a maze of injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements applicable to approximately 1.5 million U.S. workplaces. OSHA places significant emphasis on injury and illness recordkeeping, because the data culled from employers’ injury and illness logs is used by OSHA to identify workplace safety and health problems and to track progress in solving those problems. OSHA also uses recordkeeping data to improve standards, tailor enforcement programs, and focus individual inspections.This checklist is intended to help employers decode OSHA’s complex recordkeeping regulations and simplify the process."