OSHA is conducting a “National Emphasis Program” (NEP) targeting employer record-keeping of workplace accidents and injuries. As part of the program, OSHA inspectors will be checking employer records and taking enforcement action “when employers are found to be under-recording injuries and illnesses.”
The crackdown began after the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House Committee on Education and Labor asked the federal General Accounting Office (GAO) to gauge the accuracy of employer reports.
Data gleaned from the NEP will help the GAO complete its report.
Advice: Firm up workplace illness- and injury-reporting practices before federal inspectors drop in for a visit. Employers can see what the feds are looking for by reading the NEP directive at www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_02_09-08.pdf.