OSHA today issued a final rule requiring employers in high-hazard industries to send the agency injury and illness data for posting on the OSHA website. Currently, little or no information about the three million worker injuries and illnesses a year is made public or available to the agency.
OSHA says making the data available will motivate employers to improve workplace safety. Prospective employees can use it to identify workplaces where their risk of injury is lowest. Companies competing to hire the best workers will make injury prevention a high priority.