OSHA’s Public Disclosure Rule Won’t Deliver a Safer Workplace

Raw Data Would Not Provide Complete Picture

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger issued this statement after the NAM submitted comments on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed rule to disclose injury and illness data publically:

“OSHA’s proposed rule sidesteps collaborative efforts of employers and employees, and it will not accomplish our shared goal of a safer workplace. Presenting this information without context will likely confuse and undermine ongoing efforts by diverting attention and resources from activities that would have an impact. In addition, without proper context, the raw data may result in unfair conclusions or judgments about a company or particular industry based on information that is not indicative of the actual safety record. Disclosing information in the manner OSHA proposes does not serve the public good and is easily misinterpreted and mischaracterized.

Manufacturers and their employees are committed to creating the safest possible work environments and believe OSHA already has the tools to improve workplace safety at its disposal. The mission of workplace safety would be far better served if OSHA sets aside this unnecessary rule and instead focuses on working more collaboratively with employers.”

To read the full comments submitted by the NAM, click here.

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