OSHA updates the rules again

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has once more made more adjustments to its reporting requirements, which were first announced earlier in October. The requirements will come into full-force on January 1, 2015.

PinPointNews.net previously covered the new reporting regulations in this story.

The most recent OSHA reporting change requires a switch from Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), according to Safety and Health Magazine. NAICS is used by most government databases, including the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This will likely not have a major effect on companies, although the NAICS breaks down industries into smaller, more niche categories than SIC. The NAICS has 1,170 industries, while SIC only has 1,004. The goal is to sync the data among all the different government bodies.

“If the collection of injury and illness data are going to be designed into conformance and in relationship with other information, which would make sense, then the basic categories and framework need to be identical,” said Eric Frumin, health and safety director of labor union coalition Change to Win. “We need to compare apples and apples here.”

OSHA predicts the change will only cost about $100 per business. However, for companies that previously did not have to keep records, there is a chance they will be newly classified into an NAICS category that requires businesses to report their accident data to the relevant OSHA offices.

“There are a significant number of industries and establishments that will now have to keep records, and there are economic impacts on these establishments,” the U.S. Chamber of Commerce stated when commenting on the rule.

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