By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs & assistant general counsel, ARTBA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) extended to Dec. 15 its regulatory compliance deadline for companies to electronically submit records pertaining to workplace injuries and illnesses. The deadline applies to 2016 employment data.

OSHA also indicated it will issue a separate proposal to “reconsider, revise or remove” portions of the rule, so there are likely to be further developments regarding this issue in 2018.

During the original notice and comment process, ARTBA raised concerns about privacy invasion that could result from posting employer data online. Employers also could face problems with regulators when employees do not report injuries or illnesses in a timely manner.

ARTBA will remain involved with OSHA as the agency reconsiders portions of the rule.