Many of you read our blog and I’m sure that you’ve thought at some point, who are they to tell me about safety in my workplace? We do lots of research and talk to industry experts. One of those experts that we sat down is Greg Miller, Safety Manager for Girard Machine Co. in Girard, OH.
Greg Miller has worked in safety management for more than a decade. He began working with the company in 1987 and has worked toward an accident-free workplace since becoming a member of the safety committee in 1989.
Given that he has so much practical experience with safety in the workplace, we asked him to tell us about a safety topic that he thinks will make a big impact in 2018. His choice of topic was the revised OSHA recordkeeping regulations as outlined in 29 CFR Part 1904. Greg gave us 7 workplace safety topics to keep in mind about the updated recordkeeping regulations:
Employers must now submit the OSHA logs for injury and illness online, which will speed up the recordkeeping process.
With speeding up the reporting process, this should push employers to focus more on safety.
This focused attention on safety will equate to saving more lives and reducing on-the-job injuries.
Employers should have submitted their 2016 OSHA Form 300A by January 1, 2018.
Employers will have until July 1, 2018 to submit 2017 OSHA Form 300A.
Every year thereafter, employers will be required to submit their OSHA Form 300A by March 2.
Finally, this rule also will prohibit employers from discouraging workers to report an injury or illness. The final ruling requires employers to inform the employees of their right to report injuries and illnesses free from retaliation.
With the new recordkeeping rule, it will be easier for OSHA to track employers’ DART rates—it’s automatically calculated when you submit your company’s information. Greg adds, “If you have a double-digit DART rate, expect a visit from OSHA.”
There you have it, folks. Straight from Girard Machine Co. Safety Director Greg Miller, you need to be aware of this revision in the recordkeeping regulations and make sure your team is all on the same page. These changes were made to further increase safety and allow management to focus less on the paperwork.
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