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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a rule that would increase the availability of data regarding workplace health and safety, reports EIN News. The rule would require businesses with more than 250 employees to electronically file all serious injuries that happen on their premises. Much of this data would be made public , such as incident dates and times, descriptions of the injuries or illnesses and where and how they occurred—as well as job titles of any employees involved—and employees and the government would have increased access as well. Ben Huggett, a shareholder with Littler Mendelson and an OSHA expert who prepared and submitted comments on the rulemaking, told the Daily Dashboard that “by publicly posting information on the Internet about the date of injury, injured body part, treatment and job title, the identity of particular employees could be easily determined in many industries, small or rural locations or where an unusual injury occurs.” He also notes that the proposed rulemaking does not adequately address this privacy invasion. OSHA says the changes are aimed at decreasing incidents, but opponents say this is a way to “name and shame” employers, and disputes over workplace accidents may well increase because of it.
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