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OSHA Issues Final Rule That Includes New Requirements for Providers

Guest Article: Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq.


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule on July 18, 2023, that requires providers to submit injury and illness information electronically to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Providers are already required to keep the data that must be submitted to OSHA effective January 1, 2024. Submission requirements include:

OSHA makes no bones about the fact that this data will be used to intervene through strategic outreach and enforcement action to help reduce worker injuries and illnesses.

The final rule also requires providers to:

The prohibition against retaliation has been expanded under the new rule. Specifically, Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act already prohibits retaliation. OSHA cannot take action under this section, however, unless employees file complaints with OSHA within thirty days of the retaliation. Now OSHA will be able to cite providers for retaliation even if employees did not file complaints, or if providers have programs that deter or discourage reporting through the threat of retaliation. 

The new rule also says that:

OSHA is currently quite concerned about providers who are subjected to violence in the workplace. The issue of workplace violence will be very difficult to address for both institutional providers and providers of services to patients in their homes. One thing is certain: providers dare not ignore reports from employees about threatened or actual violence.


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