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Survey on OSHA rule updates

California employees who are concerned about workplace safety may be interested in the results of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Recordkeeping Standard and Electronic Submission Survey that took place earlier in 2017. The survey reveals how companies are coping in reaction to the recordkeeping rule updates that are to be issued by OSHA. It also details the tools companies may use for assistance with the electronic submission of records.

Among the highlights obtained from the poll of more than 400 respondents is that 79 percent stated that they agreed either somewhat or very much with OSHA's opinion that informing the public of the injuries and illnesses that occur at a company will compel the employers to enhance workplace safety. Forty-seven percent of the respondents intend to use the information regarding workplace sicknesses and injuries to suit their own workplace safety purposes. Thirty-five percent of the survey participants think that technology will have a considerable effect on safety and health. They also believe that businesses will be able to use it to keep up with their reporting and recordkeeping obligations.

In response to the rules update, more than half of the respondents have already begun, or expect to begin, making alterations to the safety governance model their company uses. Fifty-nine percent of the respondents believe having web-based forms readily available on the company network is a sensible way to report workplace illnesses and injuries. However, just 39 percent think that using a mobile device is a reasonable method for reporting them.

Despite even the most comprehensive of safety precautions, workplace accidents will continue to happen. Most people who have been injured on the job are eligible to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits, and an attorney can often help to ensure that the claim is complete and filed within the time period specified by law.

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