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National COSH Comment on New OSHA Recordkeeping Rules

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Press Contacts: 

Roger Kerson, 734.645.0535; roger@nationalcosh.org

Accurate, Timely Reporting is Necessary
to Prevent Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

SAN DIEGO, CAThe following statement is from National COSH Acting Executive Director Jessica Martinez.

“Accurate and timely reporting of on-the-job injuries and illnesses is one of the best tools we have to learn how to make workplaces safer.

“The new OSHA recordkeeping rule, announced today in the Federal Register for publication on May 12, is an important step towards transparency. By requiring electronic submissions every quarter and making the data public, this common-sense regulation will help us learn more about how workers are hurt and become sick on the job.

“The more we know, the more we can do to prevent injuries and illnesses from happening in the first place with effective safety programs centered on worker participation."

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