OSHA delays effective date for enforcing workers’ rights to report injuries, illnesses

Implementation will begin November 1, 2016

Posted July 18, 2016

OSHA announced it is delaying enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its new injury and illness tracking rule to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.

Originally scheduled to begin August 10, 2016, enforcement will now begin November 1, 2016, according to the agency.

Under the rule, employers are required to:

  • Inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation; Implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and do not deter workers from reporting; and
  • Incorporate the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.

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