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OSHA issues final rule on injury, illness reporting

May 20, 2016
In an effort to increase data collection and to shame employers with high injury rates into better performance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently instituted a rule requiring employers to electronically report all illnesses and injuries directly to OSHA, which in turn will make the information public.  
Historically, employers have been required to record the information, but to not report it to anyone other than their own employees.
For many years, dealers have been exempt from even keeping those records on injuries and illnesses, said Phil Troy, president of ComplyNet Corporation, a CATA allied member. That changed last year when dealers were included in the recording requirements as well as a new requirement to phone in certain severe injuries.
The new requirement to electronically report all injuries applies only to three types of locations: 
• those with 250 or more employees. Even dealer groups with more than 250 employees will not have to electronically report, Troy said, because each location typically is operated as a separate corporation and each typically has a separate FEIN number. Very few dealerships have 250 employees at a single location and so are unaffected by the new rule.
• those with 20 to 249 employees that are in certain high risk industries. Dealers are not included in this category.
• those that are contacted by OSHA and told to comply.
Though almost all dealerships will not be required to comply with this new rule, the final GHS rules (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals) must be implemented by June 1, Troy said. That means that old written policies and plans no longer are compliant and Material Safety Data Sheets should be replaced with Safety Data Sheets.  
Dealers with questions can call Troy at (800) 653-1869.