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OSHA Extends Comment Period on Proposed Regulation

As we previously reported, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had announced a proposed amendments to its injury, illness and recordkeeping regulations. The agency has extended the comment period for the proposed regulations.

Comments on OSHA’s proposal to require covered employers to electronically submit workplace injury and illness data to OSHA were originally due by May 31, 2022. In late May, OSHA announced that, as a result of a request by the AFL-CIO, the deadline would be extended by 30 days, to June 30, 2022. According to OSHA’s announcement, “the AFL-CIO’s request explains that the agency has multiple deadlines within a one-week period, and the AFL-CIO wishes to have time to meaningfully respond to the important issues in both this notice and the several other requests for comment by OSHA.”

Next Steps for Employers

The comment period allows the public to submit input before the agency makes a final decision on a proposed rule. Employers that would like to submit comments may do so online using Docket No. OSHA-2021-0006 on the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments must be submitted by June 30, 2022.

Employers are also encouraged to visit OSHA’s website to learn more about OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements. For full details on the proposed regulations, employers may refer to our prior post.

HR Works will continue to monitor this topic and provide updated information as it becomes available.

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