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On January 25, 2019 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its final rule on the Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses that amends policy established during the Obama Administration regarding OSHA recordkeeping requirements. In a positive move, the final rule rescinds the requirement for businesses with 250 or more employees to electronically submit to OSHA Form 300 and Form 301. These forms will no longer need to be submitted directly to OSHA but must be available when needed during inspections. Concerns regarding employees identity and privacy are greatly reduced with this policy change. Employers must still submit Form 300A—the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses; and, the Form will now also include collection of Employer Identification Numbers.
The Global Cold Chain Alliance joined the National Association of Manufacturers and 27 other associations, in providing comments to OSHA last fall that expressed the need such changes to the recordkeeping policy. To view a copy of the coalition comments, click here. To read a copy of the rule, click here.