New OSHA guidelines under review

By Brian Croce | Builder

A new rule issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has caused concern for some employers in regard to drug testing policies.

The rule, which took effect Jan. 1, initially called for certain employers to electronically submit their 2016 Form 300A to OSHA by July 1. Data from the Form 300A—an annual summary of workplace injuries and illnesses—subsequently would be posted on an OSHA website for public viewing. But a week before July 1, OSHA said the deadline would be extended to Dec. 1 to enable the new administration to review the electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation.

The electronic reporting rule prohibits employers from retaliating against workers for reporting an injury or illness. It also requires employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation, which can be satisfied by displaying the already-required OSHA workplace poster.

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