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Friday, January 13, 2017

2016 Electronic Recordkeeping – Anti-Retaliation Rules

The new OSHA anti-retaliation rules became effective after I submitted my last article for Frame Building News. Because these provisions are so critical and have been the subject of so much controversy, I have delayed my planned article on the remaining five steps for a good safety program until the next issue of Frame Building News.

As you all know the New OSHA Electronic Recordkeeping Rules went into effect on January 1, 2017. On December 1, 2016 the New OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rules concerning recordkeeping and reporting work related injuries and illnesses to employers went into effect after several delays. Since the4 effective date for the anti-retaliation rules there has been quite a bit of speculation as to whether the new Administration will enforce these new rules or will take steps to eliminate or circumvent them. Since the rules were adopted as part of the electronic recordkeeping standard, which was adopted under the formal Administrative Procedures Act, they cannot be eliminated with the stroke of a pen. But, the new Secretary of Labor and the new OSHA Administrator can set parameters for their enforcement.

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