Recordkeeping

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    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s pilot national emphasis program on recordkeeping found violations of recordkeeping requirements in almost 60 percent of its inspections. Agency and labor union officials have long believed workplace injuries and illnesses are underreported. They point to studies showing that employers, inadvertently or by design, discourage injured workers from reporting their injuries. Injury and illness records are used by safety and health agencies to compile statistics about job-related accidents and illnesses. Accurate records also help employers evaluate the success of their safety and health programs and identify issues in need of attention. Current and former employees as well as their labor union representatives must be allowed access to employers’ records.
--Read more…in Safety Guide on recordkeeping
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Did you know… ?
    Some OSHA standards have recordkeeping and reporting requirements in addition to those for injury and illness logs and reports. For example, the standards for ionizing radiation and occupational noise have additional recordkeeping requirements. Employers must establish a baseline audiogram within six months of an employee’s first exposure to noise above the permissible exposure limit. Thereafter, the employer must obtain a new audiogram annually. Records of audiometric test results must be maintained for the duration of the affected worker's employment.
--You can find more on records and reports required by OSHA standards in Safety Guide