"These new requirements will improve recordkeeping, which will enhance the ability of federal agencies and employees to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "Producing more useful data will better enable the agencies to identify patterns of injuries and illnesses and focus on the most effective intervention."
While the regulation will become effective January 1, notices of violations will not be issued during the first year as long as agencies are making a reasonable effort to comply with the requirements. OSHA will launch a comprehensive outreach and compliance assistance effort early in the implementation period to educate and train federal agencies on the new recording requirements.
The new requirements will:
The new recordkeeping requirements will produce an information base that can assist federal agencies and their employees to maintain safe and healthy working conditions.