NACD Comments on OSHA’s Proposed Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
ARLINGTON, Va., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) filed comments yesterday with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in response to the agency’s Proposed Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.
In the comments, NACD expressed several concerns about the proposed rule, strongly encouraging OSHA to withdraw it.
First, NACD commented, the proposal will force employers to disclose sensitive information to the public that can easily be manipulated, mischaracterized, and misused for reasons wholly unrelated to safety and subject employers to illegitimate attacks and employees to violations of their privacy. Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson wrote, “Public disclosure of company and employee details not only provides a company’s competitors with confidential business information, but it also jeopardizes security, putting workers and the public in danger.”
The proposal will also reverse OSHA’s long-standing, “no-fault” approach to recordkeeping and reduce employers’ incentive to record questionable injuries. Finally, OSHA failed to account for the total costs its rulemaking will impose on businesses, while citing vast benefits without adequate support for such claims.
In addition, Ms. Gibson stated, “The Tracking Workplace Injuries and Illnesses proposed rule does nothing to achieve its stated goal of reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities; yet as proposed, it will consume large amounts of agency and employer resources that could be put to better use. For all reasons stated, NACD urges OSHA to withdraw the rulemaking.”
NACD and its over 420 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. They make a delivery every eight seconds while maintaining a safety record that is more than twice as good as all manufacturing combined. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party verified management practice. For additional information on our members, their safety record or NACD, visit NACD at www.nacd.com.
Contact: Lucinda Schofer
SOURCE National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)