OSHA’s new online recordkeeping tool

20 Aug

OSHA, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, launched a new online tracking tool to help employers better comply with its recordkeeping and reporting requirements. The tool, OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor, is intended to “simulate and employer’s interaction with a Recordkeeping rules expert.” The new tool does not actually keep any records and is completely confidential.

According to the OSHA press release, the new tool is intended to help companies determine:

• Whether an injury or illness (or related event) is work-related
• Whether an event or exposure at home or on travel is work-related
• Whether an exception applies to the injury or illness
• Whether a work-related injury or illness needs to be recorded
• Which provisions of the regulations apply when recording a work-related injury or illness

OSHA’s Injury and Illness record keeping page will now include a link to the Advisor tool. The Advisor tool is part of a series of assessment tools intended to help small business owners comply with federal employment laws and regulations.

At this time it is too early to judge the effectiveness of OSHA’s new tool. On its face, the Advisor appears to provide users with an excellent reference, especially for companies that do not have much experience with OSHA regulations. However, because the tool is new, and does not involve actual contact with the agency, the advice provided may not be as dependable or as precedential later in an enforcement proceeding or in court. It is generally advisable to contact an attorney if you have any questions regarding your company’s responsibilities under OSHA or other state/federal regulations.

If you have any questions regarding using the OSHA Advisor or any other question about OHSA that may impact your company, contact us at 773-609-5320, info@thornenvironmentallaw.com, or through our web contact form.

Disclaimer: This article cannot, and does not, create any attorney/client or consultant/client relationship.

 

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