AIHA Supports the Accurate Workplace Injury and Illness Records Restoration Act

​​​​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release No. SPR-17-0516-01
CONTACT:
Gabriella Lehimdjian, AIHA Communications
(703) 846-0700; glehimdjian@aiha.org​
                                                                                                                      
The American Industrial Hygiene Association supports the efforts of Reps. Mark Takano (D-CA-41), Joe Courtney (D-CT-02), and Bobby Scott (D-VA-03), along with Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), as they introduce the Accurate Workplace Injury and Illness Records Restoration Act.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (May 16, 2017)– Today the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is proud to support the efforts of Reps. Mark Takano (D-CA-41), Joe Courtney (D-CT-02), and Bobby Scott (D-VA-03), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, along with Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), to protect worker health and safety as they introduce the Accurate Workplace Injury and Illness Records Restoration Act. This legislation would reinstate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recordkeeping rule that was overturned by a Resolution of Disapproval (H.J. Res. 83) under the Congressional Review Act and signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on April 3, 2017. By overturning the OSHA recordkeeping rule, Congress created a safe harbor for employers to underreport work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Accurate records are essential to identifying and correcting workplace hazards because when patterns of injuries and illnesses are not reported, they are masked from workers and OSHA. As a result, the corrective actions needed to save a life or a limb will not be taken. 

“Accurate recordkeeping is a cornerstone of protecting worker health and safety,” said AIHA CEO Lawrence Sloan, CAE. “It better enables both employers and employees to identify hazards and patterns and target limited resources to areas of need. Accurate recordkeeping further helps to avert future harm that costs businesses, consumers, and taxpayers millions in addition to the significant emotional toll of workplace injuries and illnesses. AIHA applauds the introduction of the Accurate Workplace Injury and Illness Records Restoration Act, and supports its swift passage in the House and Senate.”

The Accurate Workplace Injury and Illness Records Restoration Act would reinstate OSHA’s authority to require employers to make and maintain accurate workplace injury records as an ongoing obligation. It also would enable OSHA to issue citations in cases where the violation of the recordkeeping requirements continues for more than six months from the date the employer should have first recorded the injury.

To read the fact sheet, click here. 

To read the bill, click here. 

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