OSHA’s New Injury & Illness Electronic Reporting Requirements: Your Roadmap To Full Compliance Ahead Of The November 1 Deadline
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Effective January 1, 2017, large employers and employers in high-hazard industries will need to electronically send OSHA injury and illness data that they’re already required to collect for posting on the agency's website, so the information will be readily available to stakeholders and the public.
OSHA believes that by making this information more available to stakeholders, including present and prospective employees, as well as the public, will result in immediate benefits. For example, employees will be able to use the information to better understand the hazards in their workplace; potential employees will be able to better decide as to where they might want to work based on accident history; and employers may increase the effectiveness of their respective safety programs in order to minimize or eliminate negative publicity.
The final rule also includes provisions that encourage workers to report work-related injuries or illnesses to their employers and prohibit employers from retaliating against workers for making those reports. Enforcement of these provisions begins November 1, 2016. The intention is to encourage complete and accurate reporting. An employer may not retaliate against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses. You’ve only got a few months to prepare, so now is the time to ensure that you’re in full compliance.
Join us when Attorney Michael Segella, the OSHA and Worksite Safety Practice Group chair at Goldberg Segalla, will zero in on the most typical recordkeeping mistakes and give you a tested process for evaluating your company’s existing recordkeeping program to ensure that it’s in full compliance and can withstand a focused OSHA inspection.
About Your Presenter
- Assess the purposes and objectives of OSHA’s new Injury and Illness Electronic Recordkeeping and Reporting Rule
- Discover how the rule will impact your organization
- Analyze and evaluate the key components and requirements of the rule as they apply to your organization
- Establish effective and “reasonable” employer work-related injury and illness reporting procedures
- Understand which safety incentive programs and post-injury drug testing policies will be scrutinized
- Explain to senior management the key components of the rule
- Evaluate strategies for modifying your existing recordkeeping and reporting program to ensure full compliance with the rule
- Determine how to best use the data that you must now report to improve your safety program
- Prepare appropriate explanations of your data in anticipation of questions and queries by stakeholders, employees, and potential employees
Michael Rubin, Esq.
Partner, OSHA and Worksite Safety Practice Group Chair
Michael Rubin focuses his practice on complex construction litigation, construction defect, and defending owners and contractors in claims alleging violations of the New York Labor Law. He is the chair of Goldberg Segalla's OSHA and Worksite Safety Practice Group and devotes a significant portion of his practice to OSHA, including counseling clients across multiple industries regarding inspections, responding to citations, and the intricacies of the OSHA recording and reporting requirements. He has on-the-ground experience dealing with accident investigations and represents employers at all stages of OSHA enforcement proceedings, including negotiating for the withdrawal and reclassification of violations at informal conferences and formally contesting citations. He is a member of the firm’s Business and Commercial and Construction Practice Groups. He possesses an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
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