CMTA joins comments on OSHA proposed disclosure rule

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 4, 2014

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a rule that would require employers to report workplace injuries and illnesses on OSHA’s online database and make that information available to the public. The data disclosed would be detailed and specific and include such information as a company’s name, location and incident data. 

CMTA joined with the Coalition for Workplace Safety (which includes the National Association of Manufacturers) and over 90 other signatories to submit comments urging OSHA to withdraw its proposal. The basis for our opposition included the following points:

  • OSHA lacks the statutory authority to publicly disseminate the information it plans to publish under this regulation;
  • Such a disclosure will result in confidential, sensitive and proprietary business information being made public;
  • Dissemination of the planned information will provide material for those who wish to mischaracterize employers;
  • The electronic-only reporting requirement imposes another burden on employers who are being forced to submit these reports;
  • The agency’s cost and benefit estimates are entirely speculative and without any credibility; and
  • OSHA should have conducted a small business review panel to better understand the impact this rule will have on small businesses.

Comments were due last month and our letter was submitted. The next step will be for OSHA to review all the comments received and determine whether to modify the regulation, and how, or just to finalize it as is.

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