The Occupational Safety and Health Admin- istration (OSHA) has once again set some aggressive policy goals for the year to come. However, much like the recent past,
the intentions are likely to fall short. In reality, the
agency is staring down some serious cutbacks as a
result of the political and financial climate.
Despite the challenges that lie ahead, the agency
made some significant progress in 2015. OSHA’s
record-keeping rule went into effect in January
2015. The newly revised rule set forth requirements
for reporting work-related fatality, injury and illness
information. It amended the old standard by requiring employers to report all work-related inpatient
hospitalizations, as well as amputations and losses
of an eye, to OSHA within 24 hours of the incident.
Despite a number of trade associations advocating for an extension, compliance with OSHA’s
Hazard Communication Standard on updating
labels and Safety Data Sheets took effect June 1,
2015. Those hoping for an extension wanted OSHA
to push the compliance date back to 2017. However,
their requests were denied.
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