“We will get it (the new recordkeeping standard) out this year, but probably later in the year, and it will go into effect in 2002,” Jeffress told ISHN at a meeting held on June 12th in New York City sponsored by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health and the New York State AFL-CIO.
OSHA had planned to issue new recordkeeping rules by July, giving employers six months lead-time before the rules were to take effect January 1, 2001. Now OSHA seems intent on timing the release of recordkeeping rules to its ergonomics standards-setting. The connection: recordkeeping rules define how injuries, including musculoskeletal disorders, are to be documented. The ergo standard is triggered by a recordable injury. OSHA wants more time to study the definition and the ergo trigger.