On December 20, OSHA today released a white paper, Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Protecting Worker Safety and Health, highlighting the importance of including worker safety and health in the growing movement toward sustainability and corporate responsibility.
The paper highlights ways in which
sustainability can be leveraged to reimagine and identify innovative approaches
for advancing safety and health, which include:
new partnerships to support integrated OSH and sustainability activities;
- Enhancing interdisciplinary training and education
for workers, the OSH community and business professionals;
- Measuring the impact of safety and health
performance on business outcomes;
- Recognizing employers that
successfully integrate OSH into sustainability efforts; and
- Improving access to data on safety
and health for sustainability reporting.
can get a copy of the white paper along with a blog, profiles, and tweets on OSHA’s
new sustainability webpage: www.osha.gov/sustainability.
OSHA issued one of its last final rules for this administration,
“Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain
Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness” on December 19, 2016.
The final rule amends the OSHA recordkeeping regulations to clarify that the
duty to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and
illnesses is an ongoing obligation. The duty to make and maintain an accurate
record of an injury or illness continues for as long as the employer must keep
and make available records for the year in which the injury or illness
occurred. The duty does not expire if the employer fails to create the
necessary records when first required to do so. The final rule revises §
1904.29(b)(3) to state:“
How quickly must each injury or
illness be recorded? You must enter each
and every recordable injury or illness on the OSHA 300 Log an don a 301
Incident Report within seven (7) calendar days of receiving information that
the recordable injury or illness occurred. A failure to record within seven
days does not extinguish your continuing obligation to make a record of the
injury or illness and to maintain accurate records of all recordable injuries
and illnesses in accordance with the requirements of this part. This obligation
continues throughout the entire record retention period described in § 1904.33.
The agency’s initiative stems from
a 2012 federal appeals court ruling in which a three-judge panel held that,
under the OSH Act’s Section 9(c) statute of limitations provision, OSHA had no
authority after six months from the date a workplace injury or illness must be
recorded to cite an employer for not recording the incident.
Despite the finding in Volks II, OSHA issued this final rule
revising § 1904.29 to clarify that a discrete record-keeping violation can continue
during the 5-year retention period. The final rule is effective January 18,