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Speaking of Precision is a knowledge preservation and thought leadership blog covering the precision machining industry, its materials and services. With over 36 years of hands on experience in steelmaking, manufacturing, quality, and management, Miles Free (Milo) Director of Industry Research and Technology at PMPA helps answer "How?" "With what?" and occasionally "Really?"

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OSHA Mandatory Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting Delayed

Posted June 19, 2017 12:00 PM by Milo
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No Formal Announcement. Why?

No Entry in the Federal Register. Why?

No Official Statement. Why?

Just a tiny little update buried in the middle of the OSHA Injury and Illness reporting Web page. We discovered it while doing some fact checking to make sure that we gave our members advance notice of the new reporting requirements which would have been July 1, 2017!

No Federal Register Entry, No Official Statement, just a sneaky little snippet buried without fanfare on a web page…

Since OSHA hasn’t even given us the courtesy of a formal statement, we have no idea how long the delay will last.

But here are some questions we’d ask the agency that threatens our shops with fines and penalties for non-compliance with their dictates:

  1. Have you set up that electronic infrastructure (secure computer system) for our reporting to be entered that you assured us at the hearing would be available?
  2. Have you hired contractors to create that secure computer system for our reporting to be entered?
  3. Have you tested the security protocols on this secure electronic system so that employers and their employees can be assured of the security of our data?

Note to shops- despite the Agency’s inability to hit its own deadlines, you can be assured that the retaliation provisions of this rule and their new take on “employee right to report” will remain enforceable.

Our original post on this rule

Link to OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Page


Editor's note: CR4 would like to thank Milo for sharing his blog, which can also be read here.

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Re: OSHA Mandatory Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting Delayed

06/19/2017 1:53 PM

This is the federal govt. Their motto is: Do as I say, not as I do. Remember when the EPA had one of the sickest buildings in the country, and basically told it's employees to 'just shut up'?

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06/20/2017 9:36 AM

One need look no further than the White House for the answer.

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Re: OSHA Mandatory Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting Delayed

06/20/2017 1:19 PM

Actually, one does. The prior admin never earmarked money to set up the needed computer systems. The hypocrisy of demanding that industry comply when they didn't even have a pathway to make it possible to comply is what is frustrating.

All of the time and effort put into understanding these kinds of demands is wasted- could have actually been used on achieving improved safety outcomes.

The current administration is right to not continue this administrative non safety outcome affecting boondoggle.

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