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OSHA grants 30-day extension on dealers' recordkeeping rule

September 30, 2011
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended to late October its deadline for comment about its rule that exempts automobile dealers from keeping a log of employee illnesses and injuries.
The 30-year exemption for dealers forgives them from maintaining OSHA Form 300, which tracks work-related deaths, injuries, and illnesses other than minor injuries that require only first aid treatment and that do not involve medical treatment, loss of consciousness, restriction of work, or transfer to another job.
The NADA argued to OSHA that requiring dealers to maintain such records would impose considerable burdens with little or no worker health and safety benefit. OSHA’s review of the exemption for dealers is routine and was not spurred by an incident.
The safety log must be kept by most businesses with 10 or more employees covered by OSHA, except for employers in certain low-hazard industries in the retail, finance, insurance, real estate, and service sectors.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to assure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.