Are you responsible for OSHA reporting?
If you are, then you probably know about the two rules that will go into effect in 2017 related to electronic reporting and anti-retaliation.
OSHA investigators are not really trained to sniff out retaliatory practices at companies
The new rule initially provided that beginning Aug. 10, (um, that was last week folks!) employers would be required to inform employees of their right to report workplace injuries and illness; inform them employers were not permitted to retaliate; establish and widely communicate a reasonable procedure for employee reporting; and provide employees and their representatives with access to non-redacted illness and injury records. – from an HR Dive summary.
According to an article in Employee Benefit News, OSHA investigators are not really trained to sniff out retaliatory practices at companies so while the provision might be warranted the agency isn’t really ready to manage the fallout.
So what should you do?
- You need to get your safety practices in order.
- You need to educate your workforce on self-managing safe work practices.
- You need to provide proper PPE and education on how to use it.
- You need to get your logs in order and updated regularly. (Electronic submissions are NO JOKE!)
And you need to encourage people to report their injuries immediately and take action on a return to work strategy for each case.
Ready more via EBN’s site: http://stfi.re/axvjkdn