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Recordkeeping

Year-Round Training in OSHA Recordkeeping from the USF OSHA Training Institute

7845 - Recordkeeping Rule Seminar

Cost: $150.00 Continuing Education Unites (CEUs): .04

This 4 hour course is designed to assist employers in identifying and fulfilling their responsibilities for posting certain records, maintaining records of illnesses and injuries and reporting specific cases to OSHA. Several practice sessions are included. This course is for private sector companies who have responsibilities under OSHA’s revised Recordkeeping Rule 29 CFR 1904, which took effect January 1, 2002.

To see all of the guidance OSHA has available for injury and illness recordkeeping, click here. For a quick overview on recordkeeping, see our Consultants Corner.

NOTE: Let OSHA's Recordkeeping Advisor step you through the process of learning which injuries and illnesses you must report -- and how to report them on the OSHA forms.

OSHA is concerned about accuracy in reporting workplace injuries and illnesses. The Government Accounting Office report on injury and illness recordkeeping, released November 16, 2009, contained a number of troubling findings, including evidence that OSHA's current audit process needs improvement.

The report also found that certain incentive and discipline programs can discourage workers from reporting injuries and illnesses and, most alarmingly, that a high percentage of health care providers have been pressured to adjust treatment or take other steps to avoid reporting injuries and illnesses.

Most of this information had been reported in studies and Congressional hearings, which prompted us on October 1 to initiate a major Recordkeeping National Emphasis Program to ensure that injuries and illnesses are accurately reported. This NEP will also put a special focus on identifying programs that may discourage workers from reporting.

OSHA needs accurate data to effectively target its inspections, allocate its resources, and measure the effect of this agency's actions on workplace safety. Employers and workers need accurate date to ensure that workplace hazards are identified and addressed. For these reasons, Secretary Solis and I welcomed the findings of the GAO report and assured the GAO that we will comply with the report's recommendations.

OSHA will not tolerate underreporting - especially intentional underreporting of injuries and illnesses. We will aggressively enforce OSHA's recordkeeping requirements and increase our efforts to ensure that employers and workers understand how important accurate data is to workplace safety and health.

From a speech by Jordan Barab, Acting Assistant SecretaryFor Occupational Safety and Health, to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)2009 Attorneys Conference, Washington, D.C., December 3, 2009