OSHA temporarily withdraws column for input from small businesses
OSHA announced last year it would restore a column on its Form 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses specifically for MSDs. The column was announced in 2001 although it was deleted in 2003 before it became effective.
Public comments on the proposal indicated concerns about added expense and training.
"Most employees who manage OSHA logs do so as a collateral assignment and already have problems in trying to complete the log," noted one. "Employees are familiar with 'strain/sprain' and 'repetitive motion,' but this revision adds new terminology and more formal diagnostic definitions. In short, it does not appear to be a cost-
Another commented, "I worry as a safety professional that the average person in small business that completes this won't be able to do proper classification of an MSD."
Still another said, "I do not believe that these injuries should be separated on the log because the strain classification is too broad. Typically, if there is no blood, laceration, or contusion, it is deemed a strain or sprain just because of a subjective complaint of pain."
In announcing the temporary withdrawal of the proposed column, OSHA said it would hold a meeting with the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy to hear from businesses throughout the country.
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March 3, 2011
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