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OSHA proposes delay for rule on electronically submitting injury, illness reports

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The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a delay in the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, from 1 July 2017 to 1 December 2017. The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule.

The agency published the final rule on 12 May 2016 and has determined that a further delay of the compliance date is appropriate for the purpose of additional review into questions of law and policy. The delay will also allow OSHA to provide employers the same four-month window for submitting data that the original rule would have provided.

OSHA invites the public to comment on the proposed deadline extension. Comments may be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. The deadline for submitting comments is 13 July 2017.

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