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Tell OSHA what you think about proposed work safety rule

When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration crafts a proposed rule concerning work safety, it must generally submit the rule to the public for comment before it can finalize the rule. This feedback mechanism allows workers, safety advocates and employers to voice their support, opposition, suggestions and concerns to OSHA directly for its review. Although far fewer Americans take advantage of commenting on proposed rules than they might if they better understood the process, those with access to this information should certainly comment on any proposed rules that they feel strongly about.

For example, OSHA recently extended the comment period in regards to an important proposed rule that would greatly impact the tracking of work-related injuries and illnesses in the U.S. Until October 14 of this year, the public may submit comments and general feedback on this proposed rule to OSHA on its website.

This rule was first proposed on November 8 of last year. The rule would essentially act as an amendment to OSHA’s current recordkeeping protocols by adding tracking-related requirements to the list of mandates OSHA insists that employers abide by. This amendment would help to ensure that employers not only electronically submit records about their employees’ work-related injuries and illnesses, it would help to ensure that this information is made available to the public.

Advocates and opponents of this proposed rule have made some excellent points in regards to the rule’s potential effectiveness and consequences. If you feel strongly about this proposed rule, please consider submitting feedback to OSHA in order to ensure that the agency is made aware of your point of view.

Source: United States Department of Labor, “OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injury and illnesses,” Aug. 13, 2014

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