By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory & legal issues, ARTBA

ARTBA is supporting revisions to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation that requires companies to electronically submit records about workplace injuries and illnesses.

Under the new rule, companies with less than 250 employees will not have to submit the information. Companies that do submit information, however, will also be required to disclose their Employee Identification Number (EIN) to OSHA.

In Sept. 28 comments, ARTBA warned OSHA that, if misused, the EIN “could lead to serious data breaches if obtained by people with fraudulent intent” and asked OSHA to “explain how and provide assurances to protect this sensitive information from illicit use.”

OSHA is making the changes in response to earlier concerns raised by ARTBA and other members of the regulated community.