OSHA Extends Comment Period for Rule Clarifying Recordkeeping Obligations

Published September 30, 2015

OSHA has extended the comment deadline for its proposed rule that clarifies employers’ ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of all recordable work-related illnesses and injuries. Individuals now have until Oct. 28, 2015, to submit comments.

According to OSHA, the proposed amendments to its recordkeeping regulations do not add any new compliance obligations or require employers to make records of any injuries or illnesses for which records are not already required. The proposal, which was published in the Federal Register on July 29, revises the titles of some existing sections and subparts and changes the text of some existing provisions.

“The duty to record an injury or illness continues for as long as the employer must keep records of the recordable injury or illness,” the Federal Register notice reads. “The duty does not expire just because the employer fails to create the necessary records when first required to do so.”

OSHA seeks public comment on all aspects of the notice of proposed rulemaking. For more information, including how to submit comments, see the Federal Register notice.