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

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Jan. 24 rescinded the requirement for companies with 250 or fewer employees to submit additional information in digital records about workplace injuries and illnesses.

Many of the changes in OSHA’s long-awaited update were expected and supported by ARTBA in September 2018 comments to the agency.

OSHA did not agree with ARTBA’s assertion that Employer Identification Numbers (EIN) should not be required as part of what companies must submit to the agency. ARTBA cited privacy concerns about disclosing EINs to OSHA, but the agency countered that EINs are not confidential.

ARTBA will continue to analyze the new OSHA rule and educate our membership on compliance.