New York, NY – In an official comment letter submitted to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), RIMS voiced its disapproval of a proposed rule that would require organizations to electronically divulge statistics regarding employee injuries and change the current reporting system.
As proposed by OSHA, the rule would also force risk practitioners to duplicate their recordkeeping and data submission responsibilities. In its letter, RIMS proposes that an effort should be made to accept data submitted through the current Electronic Data Interchange system.
“While the intent of the rule, to ensure workplace safety for employees, is critical, the information being required from organizations would be incomplete. It would promote organizations to stop tracking minor incidents and, essentially, lead to the misrepresentation of many employers’ safety records,” said RIMS President Carolyn Snow. “We appreciate the Administration’s effort to increase transparency and look forward to working with them to develop a more effective and efficient solution.”
The official comment letter is available here: RIMS Comment Letter Regarding Workplace Injury/Safety Reporting (PDF)