OSHA “welcomes” the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) report on the under-reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses and OSHA's audit process, according to an agency press statement.
”The report identifies a number of factors that may contribute to the inaccuracy of employer injury and illness records, as well as problems with the audits that OSHA conducts to ensure their accuracy,” said the agency.
Acting Assistant Secretary for OSHA Jordan Barab announced that the agency will move swiftly to implement the recommendations made by the GAO. Additionally, in response to numerous studies of under-reporting and congressional interest, on Oct. 1, OSHA implemented a National Emphasis Program on Recordkeeping. OSHA will send inspectors into worksites across the country to review the occupational injury and illness records prepared by businesses.
"Many of the problems identified in the report are quite alarming, and OSHA will be taking strong enforcement action where we find underreporting," Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said.
Solis: Recordkeeping inaccuracies "quite alarming" (11/24)
November 24, 2009