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NGA Submits Comments On OSHA Record-Keeping Proposal

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The National Grocers Association (NGA) has submitted comments on a rule proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that would amend employer record-keeping regulations to require electronic submission of injury and illness data, and change the frequency of when data is reported. Additionally, OSHA proposes to publicly disclose this data.

“Independent retailers and wholesalers continue to face a plethora of ever-increasing and costly regulatory burdens,” said Greg Ferrara, VP of public affairs for NGA. “OSHA has not determined the impact of requiring all employers to submit data electronically, especially on those establishments that make paper submissions. Additionally, OSHA’s focus on public release of this information could lead to misuse and threaten the reputation of employers.”

In its comments, NGA recommended that OSHA withdraw this proposed rule, stating that the proposal is “deficient in numerous areas and fails to meet the regulatory requirements for final approval, especially in the area of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and therefore it should be withdraw

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