OSHA rule will help protect sensitive employee information
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June 1, 2019
Just when you thought you were getting the hang of OSHA’s complicated injury and illness reporting rules, they’re changing again.
In an attempt to protect worker privacy, OSHA has issued a final rule that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to OSHA each year. However, these workplaces are still required to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).
By preventing routine government collection of information that may be sensitive, including descriptions of workers’ injuries and the body parts affected, OSHA is trying to avoid the risk of such information being publicly disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This rule is expected to better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified as belonging to a particular worker by removing the requirement for covered employers to submit their information from forms 300 and 301.