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OSHA schedules public meeting for proposed rule to improve workplace safety and health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has scheduled a public meeting to allow interested parties to comment on the proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses.

OSHA's proposed rule amends its current recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information employers already are required to keep under existing standards, Part 1904.

The first proposed new requirement is for establishments with more than 250 employees (and who already are required to keep records) to electronically submit the records to OSHA quarterly. OSHA also is proposing that establishments with 20 or more employees in certain industries with high injury and illness rates be required to submit electronically only their summary of work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA once a year.

The meeting will be Jan. 9, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. Requests to attend or speak at the meeting may be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal, or by mail or fax. The deadline to request to attend the meeting as a speaker or observer is Dec. 13. For more information, view the Federal Register notice by clicking here.


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