OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule Permanently Overturned

The deep divisions in Congress were once again on display in March when President Trump signed H.J.Res.83 into law. This legislation permanently revoked an OSHA regulation which clarified the obligation of employers to establish and maintain accurate records of certain work-related injuries and illnesses throughout a five-year record retention period. Congress previously approved the measure largely along Party lines by a vote of 231 – 191 in the House, and 50 – 48 ​in the Senate.

“Congress’ number-one priority should be protecting the American people; unfortunately, by sending this legislation to the president, they have placed them at greater risk,” said AIHA President Lawrence Sloan, CAE. “Better injury and illness recordkeeping leads to better, more targeted approaches to protecting worker health and safety. By quickly passing H.J.Res.83 with little public notice or debate, Congress missed an opportunity to fully explore the possible consequences of overturning OSHA’s recordkeeping rule. AIHA agrees with the need for regulatory reform. However, we hold that it should be done in such a way that allows the public and affected stakeholders to weigh in on its development.”