In January 2010, OSHA proposed a new rule that would have forced employers to report work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)—ergonomic injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome—on their OSHA 300 injury and illness logs. Within a year, the agency pulled the proposal after business complaints that it would create an undue reporting burden on small companies.
But in its semiannual regulatory agenda released on July 7, OSHA has reintroduced the idea of a proposed rule for an MSD column to the OSHA 300 log. It said MSDs account for almost one-third of all workplace injuries requiring time away from work.
Including the agenda item doesn’t automatically mean OSHA will issue the proposal regulation, but it does increase the chances.