OSHA Delays Enforcement of New Tracking Rule's Anti-retaliation Provisions

Published July 20, 2016

​OSHA will delay enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its new injury and illness tracking rule in order to conduct additional outreach and provide guidance for employers, the agency stated in a press release. Enforcement of these provisions, originally scheduled to begin on Aug. 10, will begin on Nov. 1, 2016. The new rule will require employers to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear and retaliation. Employers will also be required to implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that do not deter workers from reporting and incorporate the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.

The agency first announced the new final rule on May 11. According to OSHA, the rule is intended to better inform workers, employers, the public, and the agency about workplace hazards. Under the rule, employers in high-hazard industries will be required to transmit to OSHA information about workplace injuries and illnesses, which employers already record on OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301.

For more information, see OSHA’s website or press release.