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Proposed Rule Will Make OSHA 300 Information Public

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a rule to make OSHA 300 reported information publicly available. Employers with 20 to 249 employees will be required to submit their OSHA 300 forms annually. The proposed rule would require employers with more than 250 employees to submit OSHA 300 forms quarterly.
 
During a recent OSHA meeting at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC, OSHA listened to comments about the new proposal. Many speakers at the meeting did not believe making the OSHA 300 logs available to the public would improve safety and many believed it would result in underreporting.
 
IEC’s Vice President of Codes and Safety, John Masarick, told OSHA that IEC is concerned about privacy issues, technology availability at jobsites, whether this rule creates a culture of safety, and redundancy with data already collected. Masarick asked OSHA to conduct a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panel to determine the economic impact the proposed rule may have on small businesses.
 
Written comments about the proposed rule can be provided to OSHA by fax to (202) 693-1648 or electronically at www.regulations.gov. Enter OSHA-2013-0023 in the search box. Attach your comments with your name and company as a file and complete the form with your name and contact information. Click here for a suggested comment letter. Comments are due to OSHA by March 8, 2014.

For more information, contact John Masarick, IEC’s Vice President of Codes and Safety, at jmasarick@ieci.org.