The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued a new rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness. The first phase will take effect on August 10 and will require employers to create and implement reasonable policies and procedures for employees to report on-the-job injuries. In order to comply with OSHA’s new regulations employers must amend existing policies to ensure that their procedures do not deter employees from reporting work injuries or illnesses.
By August 10, employers’ work injury reporting policies must comply with the following:
- An employee’s right to report a work-related injury or illness must be clearly stated.
- Reporting procedures for injured workers must be reasonable. Policies that require employees to immediately report injuries, or those that punish employees for delayed reporting, are considered unreasonable.
- An employer’s injury reporting policies must not discourage employees from reporting work injuries. Any incentive or disincentive related to work injuries or illnesses would violate the new rule, and policies that require automatic drug testing for all injured employees must be eliminated.
- Employers must assure workers that they will not face any retaliation or discrimination for reporting work injuries.
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