Record keeping revisited

OSHA's revised record-keeping standard has some changes you need to know

As most roofing professionals know, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) requirements for record keeping involve more than simply tracking employee injuries and illnesses. OSHA also requires employers to accurately log lost workdays, understand different categories of injuries and steer through paperwork piles to comply with its record-keeping standard.

Since OSHA was established in 1971, the agency has gathered information about workers' injuries and illnesses using Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements (the record-keeping standard) and OSHA Forms 200 and 101. Unfortunately, many employers found the forms and original standard complicated and confusing.

Currently, there are 1.4 million U.S. employers whose businesses must comply with the agency's original record-keeping standard. With the Jan. 1 release of OSHA's revised standard, many hope the regulations will be easier to follow and make compliance a little less troublesome. According to OSHA, the revised standard yields more accurate injury and illness data and better protects employee privacy.


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