Workplace Word® - Occupational Opaqueness: The Uncertain Future of OSHA Regulation and the Electronic Recordkeeping and Reporting Rule


by Amelia A. Esber

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 electronic recordkeeping rule was expected to roll out on July 1, 2017, but was delayed “to provide the new administration an opportunity to review the new electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation…” Affected employers now have until December 1, 2017 to comply with the new requirements. The delay in implementing the electronic recordkeeping rule may be the new administration’s initial efforts to deregulate occupational safety and health.

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