OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Delayed

Rule was to have taken effect July 1.

The International Sign Association (ISA; Alexandria, VA) reports that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has delayed a recordkeeping rule due to take effect July 1. The rule would have required companies to file regular reports of injuries and illnesses. OSHA deemed sign, graphics and visual communications companies to be in an industry that had higher-than-average requirements, potentially affecting any company with more than 20 employees.

As reported by ISA, the new rule would have required companies to file these forms with OSHA, which planned to create a database of workplace injuries, allowing researchers to identify what causes workplace accidents, identify safety hazards before they become widespread and also to evaluate the effectiveness of accident prevention programs.

This recordkeeping rule has been delayed numerous times since it was enacted in May 2016. ISA stated on its website that it will continue to monitor these changes and alert the industry if and when it is rescheduled.