The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has temporarily withdrawn from review by the Office of Management and Budget a proposal to restore a column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on employers’ injury and illness logs. The agency made the announcement Jan. 25, citing in its press release the need for greater input from small businesses on the impact of the proposal.
The proposed rule would not change existing requirements about when and under what circumstances employers must record MSDs on their injury and illness logs, according to OSHA. Many employers are already required to record MSDs, and the agency also stated that the “vast majority of small businesses are not required to keep such records.” The proposed rule would require those employers already mandated to keep injury and illness records, and to record MSDs, to place a check mark in the new column for MSDs.
OSHA and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy will hold a meeting to engage small businesses about the agency’s proposal. Details of the meeting will be announced within the next 30 days.