Delay to OSHA Final Rule Deadline

A second delay has occurred in the deadline for OSHA’s Final Rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses.  On May 12, 2016, OSHA published new final rules on discrimination and injury and illness reporting (81 Fed. Reg. 29624).  After a lawsuit was filed against OSHA challenging the initial ruling on drug-testing, retaliation claims and accident reporting, the agency took steps to review these issues and amend the rule.  The rule was originally scheduled to begin on August 10, 2016 and has now been pushed back to December 1, 2016.  At this time, the remaining provisions of the final rule, including the electronic reporting provisions, are still scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2017.

With these new developments in mind, below is updated information excerpted from the article, “Final Rule Issued to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” published by OSHA and available online at www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/finalrule/index.html.  The article provides information on the reasons for the rule, requirements of the rule, electronic submission of data related to the rule and the newly revised compliance timeframes.