The Labor Department has suspended the Obama administration rule requiring companies electronically report injury and illness records. Several business groups, including those that represent the construction industry, opposed the rule claiming it could unfairly damage the reputation of some companies.
The rule had taken affect on January 1, 2017, but OSHA never launched the electronic reporting website. Additionally, OSHA said it "is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information" to the agency.
According to OSHA spokeswoman Mandy Kraft, the agency has delayed the rule in order to address employers' concerns about the rule.