OSHA announces record-keeping rule

On Aug. 2, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a rule that requires all federal agencies to submit their OSHA-required injury and illness data to the Bureau of Labor Statistics every year.

Instituting the new rule will allow OSHA to analyze the injuries and illnesses that occur to federal agency workers and help develop training and inspection programs to respond to the identified hazards.

"This change provides OSHA an opportunity to collect injury and illness data from all federal agency establishments," says David Michaels, OSHA's assistant secretary of labor. "The data will help us streamline and improve programs to reduce occupational hazards and prevent injuries, illnesses and deaths within the federal workforce."