Occupational Opaqueness: The Uncertain Future of OSHA Regulation and the Electronic Recordkeeping and Reporting Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still without an agency head six months into the presidency of Donald Trump. As such, the future of OSHA is unclear in light of the president’s promises of less government intervention and less regulation. Should these promises be implemented in the realm of occupational safety and health, employers may experience less government oversight in the workplace.

Of particular uncertainty is the fate of the newly promulgated electronic recordkeeping and reporting rule. The new rule will require certain employers to electronically record and report data about workplace injuries and illnesses. In turn, OSHA will post this information on its website to make it available to the public. For more information, click here.

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