On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses, which directly impacts employer recordkeeping. The revised regulations impose a new obligation that requires many employers to annually submit certain electronic injury and illness data directly to OSHA. This information will then become publicly available. Such data will be searchable by employer, by type of injury, or by illness. OSHA’s intention behind the change in this rule is to improve safety for workers across the country, a result OSHA believes will occur by making injury information publicly available. Electronic submission of establishment-specific injury and illness data will enable OSHA to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources more efficiently. Data analysis will also improve OSHA’s ability to identify, target, and remove safety and health hazards, with the ultimate goal of preventing workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Click here to read the full article on this development by Johnson & Bell Shareholder, Katie E. Gorrie.