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October 15, 2009

OSHA Begins Emphasis on Recordkeeping

For the next year, select industries with high injury and illness rates can expect records reviews, employee interviews and limited safety and health inspections as part of OSHA's new national emphasis program (NEP) on recordkeeping.

The effort is intended to assess accuracy of injury and illness data recorded by employers. It will involve inspecting occupational injury and illness records prepared by businesses and appropriately enforcing regulatory requirements when employers are found to be under-recording injuries and illnesses.

This NEP complements Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) efforts to investigate differences between the number of workplace injuries and illnesses estimated by BLS and other sources.

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