NFIB Files Comments on OSHA Workplace Injury Reporting

Date: March 10, 2014

www.NFIB.com
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Eric Reller
202-314-2073 or Eric.Reller@NFIB.org

 

NFIB Files
Comments on OSHA Workplace Injury Reporting

 Rulemaking
Gift to Union Organizers; Compromises Privacy 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10,
2014
— The National Federation of Independent
Business (NFIB) submitted comments to the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) Monday in
response to proposed rules that would add requirements for the
electronic submission of sensitive injury and illness information in the
workplace.

OSHA is
proposing that small businesses already subject to the agency’s existing
recordkeeping rules submit this information electronically to OSHA at intervals
throughout the year – through
several complicated online government portals. NFIB contends that this new
requirement would raise serious privacy concerns for employees, offer no
additional safety benefits, and provide context-less data to organizations such
as unions and competitors to unfairly target small businesses.

“OSHA
has proposed an unnecessary reporting rule that does nothing to promote
workplace safety,” said NFIB Manager of Regulatory Policy Dan Bosch. “It is clear that these
regulations would compromise privacy, provide information with no context, and
mainly serve as another administrative headache without any clear benefit. If
finalized, this proposed rule will have serious and negative consequences for
both employees and small businesses.”

NFIB will continue to work through its coalition, Small Businesses for Sensible
Regulations
, in an effort to protect small businesses and American
jobs from the impact of regulations.


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