No Formal Announcement. Why?
No Entry in the Federal Register. Why?
No Official Statement. Why?
Just a tiny little update buried in the middle of the OSHA Injury and Illness reporting Web page. We discovered it while doing some fact checking to make sure that we gave our members advance notice of the new reporting requirements which would have been July 1, 2017!
Since OSHA hasn’t even given us the courtesy of a formal statement, we have no idea how long the delay will last.
But here are some questions we’d ask the agency that threatens our shops with fines and penalties for non-compliance with their dictates:
- Have you set up that electronic infrastructure (secure computer system) for our reporting to be entered that you assured us at the hearing would be available?
- Have you hired contractors to create that secure computer system for our reporting to be entered?
- Have you tested the security protocols on this secure electronic system so that employers and their employees can be assured of the security of our data?
Note to shops- despite the Agency’s inability to hit its own deadlines, you can be assured that the retaliation provisions of this rule and their new take on “employee right to report” will remain enforceable.
Our original post on this rule