In an attempt to improve and modernize the tracking and visibility of workplace injuries and illness OSHA issued a final rule requiring employers in high-hazard industries to electronically submit OSHA injury and illness data that employers are already required to keep under existing OSHA regulations (OSHA Forms 300, 300A, 301). The new regulation will take effect August 10, 2016, with phased in data submissions beginning in 2017.
During the introduction of the new rule, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels, PhD, MPH, said, "Using data collected under the new rule, OSHA will create the largest publicly available dataset on work inuries and illnesses." Michaels also stated that this data will allow the agency to more effectively utilize its resources.
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