BOWIE, MD. (Feb. 6, 2014) — The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is asking its members and all other segments of the tire industry to comment on a proposed rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that would make employers' injury and illness data available to the public.
OSHA published the document in the Nov. 8, 2013, Federal Register. "The purpose of this rulemaking is to improve workplace safety and health through the collection of useful, accessible, establishment-specific injury and illness data to which OSHA currently does not have direct, timely and systematic access," the proposal said.
However, TIA is concerned specifically about the changes to the protocol in which employers submit injury and illness data to the public, the association said.
Currently, companies with 11 or more employees must complete an incident report for every reportable injury or illness within their workplaces. They must file annual summaries of work-related injuries to OSHA, which the agency uses during inspections and to compile its OSHA Data Initiative (ODI).