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OSHA extends comment period

October 6, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reopening the rulemaking record to extend the comment period on revising the recordkeeping and reporting requirements for work-related injuries and illnesses, according to a press release.

OSHA is extending the comment period in response to a stakeholder request; individuals interested in submitting comments must do so by October 28, 2011, the release stated.

According to the release, under the revised proposal, employers would be required to report to OSHA any work-related fatalities and all in-patient hospitalizations within eight hours, and work-related amputations within 24 hours.

OSHA is also proposing to update Appendix A of the recordkeeping rule that lists industries partially exempt from the requirements to maintain work-related injury or illness logs, the release noted.

These industries received partial exemption because of their relatively low injury and illness rates, the release added.

Click here to read the complete release.