OSHA Temporarily Withdraws Proposal to Reinstate Musculoskeletal Disorder Column to Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Log
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it is temporarily withdrawing its proposal to restore a column to the OSHA Injury and Illness (Form 300) Log that employers would use to record work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). The agency issued a proposed rule to amend its recordkeeping requirements to include the MSD column last January. According to the announcement, OSHA is doing so in order to “seek greater input from small businesses on the impact of the proposal . . ." While expressing concern that MSD “remain the leading cause of workplace injury and illness in this country,” OSHA’s Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels acknowledged that the proposal “has raised concern among small businesses, so OSHA is facilitating an active dialogue between the agency and the small business community." To that end, Michaels said OSHA and the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy will hold a public meeting to solicit further comment on the proposal.
This notice comes on the heels of yet another OSHA proposed rule withdrawal. Last week, the agency announced that it was rescinding its proposed interpretation of the phrase “feasible administrative or engineering controls” as it is used in the agency’s General Industry and Construction Occupational Noise Exposure standards because of concern voiced by the business community. Both withdrawals follow President Obama’s recent executive order and memoranda to federal agencies directing rulemakers to consider how regulations impact small businesses and economic development.
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