Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Congress Nullifies New Recordkeeping Requirements for Recordable Injury and Illness




Congress nullified OSHA’s rule finalized in December 2016 “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain Accurate Records of Each Recordable Injury and Illness,” informally referred to as the “Volks” rule. The Volks rule made recordkeeping requirements a continuing obligation and effectively gave OSHA the ability to issue citations to employers for failing to record work-related injuries and illnesses during the 5-year retention period, contrary to the six-month statute of limitations.

President Trump has indicated he will sign the resolution. When President Trump signs the resolution, recordkeeping requirements will return to those before the new rule. At that point, https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html will be updated to reflect the ongoing requirements without the Volks rule.

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