OSHA Regulatory Agenda Targets Recordkeeping Requirements, Injury Prevention, and Whistleblower Protection

In late December 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (along with other federal agencies) published its semi-annual agenda detailing the current and planned regulatory focus of the agency.

For your reference, here’s a look at three key items:

1. Reporting and recordkeeping requirements:

The agency is “revising list of industries that are partially exempt from recordkeeping and revise reporting requirements to include amputations and in-patient hospitalizations; final rule [due] in May 2013.” (Ogletree Deakins)

2. Injury and illness prevention:

“[A] new injury & illness prevention program rule … has been a top priority for OSHA – targeted for [the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA)] by end of this month and [Notice of Proposed Rulemaking] to be published by end of 2013 – both which are nearly impossible to meet since SBREFA has not started yet.” (Akerman)

3. Whistleblower protection:

“OSHA proposes issuing procedural rules for the filing of whistleblower complaints under eight of the statutes with whistleblower protections that are enforced by the agency. The procedural rules are intended to provide specific timeframes and guidelines regarding the filing of complaints with OSHA, issuance of an agency finding, appeals, and remedies.” (Littler)

For the complete list of the activities on OSHA’s latest regulatory agenda, see the updates below:

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