Trump’s push to cut regs helps employers

President Trump promised during the election campaign to undo federal regulations that he saw as overly burdensome to industry.

It’s a promise his administration has been keeping.

In the latest example, OSHA has proposed moving its electronic recordkeeping rule to Dec. 1.

The delay is welcome to employers but we think it’s still important for you to be familiar with the new guidelines, so that your company is adequately prepared when they do go into effect.

Simply put, the electronic recordkeeping rule requires covered employers to electronically submit their injury and illness logs.

Many employers with more than 10 employees are already required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses.

These records help employers, workers and OSHA evaluate the safety of a workplace, understand industry hazards, and put into place worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards.

These records must be maintained at the worksite for at least five years. Each February through April, employers must post a summary of the injuries and illnesses recorded the previous year.

Whether the electronic filing rule actually gets implemented by Dec. 1 remains to be seen. Stay tuned!

In the meanwhile, here are some other rules that have either been delayed or rolled back since Election Day:

  • In March, the effective date for OSHA’s new beryllium rule was delayed for the second time, and in June the agency issued a new proposal to revoke certain provisions of the rule for the construction and shipyard industries.
  • In April, OSHA delayed enforcement of the silica rule for the construction industry.
  • On July 20, OSHA released a spring regulatory agenda that did not include a combustible dust standard that’s been in the works since 2009.

About the Author

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.