Workplace safety rule rescinded

03/03/19 at 09:24 AM | Published Under Job Openings by Larry Hannappel

The U.S. Department of Labor has thrown out an Obama-era requirement for larger employers to electronically file detailed reports on workplace injuries and illnesses.  

While businesses have long been required to keep data on workplace injuries and illnesses, they weren’t required actually to report on them until the 2016 rule obliged them to submit annual detailed reports electronically to the DOL. 

The Trump administration put the rule on hold in 2017, and then this past summer changed it to allow employers to submit a summary rather than detailed data. 

Advocates of the rule said that data that would have enabled the government to identify dangerous workplace conditions and to push employers into better compliance with workplace safety laws. 

OSHA said the rescission was promoted by a desire to protect worker privacy. 

The final rule now states that the change will prevent “routine government collection of information that may be quite sensitive, including descriptions of workers’ injuries and the body parts affected, and thereby avoiding the risk that such information might be publicly disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act.” 

The rule was aimed at business establishments with 250 or more employees, requiring them to electronically submit their OSHA Form 300, a log of work-related injuries and illnesses, and OSHA Form 301, an injury and illness incident report, to OSHA each year. 

Employers will still be required to keep these logs and turn them over to OSHA inspectors upon demand. 

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Larry-hannapel Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino's and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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