Many employers are up in arms about the recent revisions to OSHA’s “Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses” rule (29 CFR 1904). The revisions to Part 1904 require some employers to report injury and illness data electronically, which will also be posted publicly on OSHA’s website. Other changes include (1) a revised list of partially exempt “low-risk” industries, (2) new requirements for reporting certain serious injuries and illnesses; (3) provisions that encourage workers to report work-related injuries and illnesses to their employers, and (4) provisions that prohibit employers from retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses. OSHA’s interpretation of these anti-retaliation provisions set restrictions on safety incentive programs, drug and alcohol testing protocols, as well as incident reporting and disciplinary policies. OSHA has also stepped up enforcement of Part 1904 with more inspections, citations, and higher fines for non-compliance. In a series of posts, I will explain the basic requirements of this regulation, as well as OSHA’s reasoning and purpose behind the revisions and new requirements.
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Some people might say “True,” because they consider safety to be a necessary part of doing business, and like operating costs and overhead it just takes away from the profit margin – it doesn’t make money. But, they couldn’t be more WRONG! In fact, many safety professionals and business owners agree that safety does make money because the return on such investments are increasing marketability, productivity, and profitability. Furthermore, numerous case studies and academic research also support this idea. For example, one study found a 65% degree of overlap between improvements in safety and productivity improvements. In other words, when safety was improved productivity also improved, though to a lesser degree, which increased profits for the company (Stewart & Townsend, 1999).