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June is National Safety Month!

Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at the work, on the road and in our communities. Just because this is observed in June, remember that safety is key 100% of the time! The National Safety Council has compiled a variety of FREE recourses for its users and dedicates a different safety topic for each week in June:

  • Week 1: Stand Up to Falls
  • Week 2: Recharge to Be In Charge (Focusing on Fatigue)
  • Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters
  • Week 4: Don't Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics)

OSHA Suspends Electronic Injury Reporting Rule

As of May 17, 2017, OSHA suspended the 2016 Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses requiring companies to electronically report their injury and illness records. Multiple construction industry groups, including the Associated Builders & Contractors and Associated General Contractors of America, had challenged the rule that took effect last January, requiring employers to upload their data by July 1, 2017. Their primary complaint was that companies would not have enough time to electronically submit their data by the July deadline, causing unnecessary strain on those employees. Other concerns were that data could be misused by other entities, such as being used by unions and others to smear companies. OSHA spokeswoman Many Kraft said in an email the agency delayed the rule to address employers’ “concerns about meeting their reporting obligations” in time.

OSHA’s webpage now reads, “OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically. Updates will be posted to this webpage when they are available."

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