Improved tracking of federal workplace injuries targeted through final rule
A final rule announced by OSHA requires all federal agencies to submit their OSHA-required injury and illness data to the BLS each year in May.
"The final rule does not require federal agencies to create or maintain any new records," according to a notice in the Federal Register. "Instead, the final rule amends the basic program elements ... by adding Section 1960.72, and requires federal agencies to submit information included on the three OSHA recordkeeping forms to BLS. BLS will then electronically transmit the data from these forms to OSHA."
The rule also restates that volunteers are considered employees of federal agencies and explains how their injuries should be recorded on injury and illness logs. The rule clarifies the definition of federal establishments and explains when contract employees should be included on an agency's log.
By Nancy Grover
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October 7, 2013
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