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Washington Labor & Employment Wire » OSHA Withdraws Proposal Restoring Column for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders on Employer Injury and Illness Logs

OSHA Withdraws Proposal Restoring Column for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders on Employer Injury and Illness Logs

Citing concerns raised by small businesses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has temporarily withdrawn a proposal to restore a column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders on employer injury and illness logs. OSHA will convene a meeting jointly with the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy to is seeking additional input from the small business community on the impact of the proposed rule. Interested businesses will have the opportunity to participate in the meeting through electronic means, such as telephone and/or a Web forum, and details of the meeting will be announced within 30 days.

Under current regulations, most small businesses are not required to keep records of workplace injuries and illnesses, including work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), on the OSHA Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. OSHA’s injury and illness logs previously included a column for repetitive trauma disorders, such as noise and many kinds of MSDs, but when the OSHA separated noise and MSDs into two columns, the MSD column was deleted in 2003 before the provision became effective. The proposed rule would not change existing requirements about when and under what circumstances employers must record MSDs, but would restore the MSD column to the Form 300 and require employers to place a check mark in the new column for all MSDs.