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States File Suit Over OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, State of New Jersey v. R. Alexander Acosta, six states challenge a rollback in Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping rules.

The states are Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York. The states allege an “illegal and unjustified attempt to roll back requirements for the public reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses—information that allows states to better design enforcement, outreach, and training programs to  improve workplace safety, and that enables employees to protect themselves from risks at work.”

OSHA recently announced plans to rescind a requirement for employers with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA forms 300 and 301 while still requiring them to electronically submit their Form 300A summaries. The agency said the move is intended to help protect injured workers’ personal health information.