As an employer, there are a number of responsibilities to ensure the safety of not only your customers but your employees as well. Injuries at work are something that should always be in the back end of the employer’s mind, that’s why creating a safe work environment is crucial. Injury at work is unpredictable and an inevitable part of owning a business. With injury comes workers compensation, an issue that is generally complex and often confusing.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is considering changing the reporting system for injuries reported during work because they believe employers are discouraging employees from reporting their injuries. Currently OSHA is considering three regulation updates:
- A requirement for employers to inform their employees on their right to report an injury or illnesses without any repercussions.
- All the requirements of reporting injuries must be reasonably established by the employer and cannot be burdensome to the employer.
- Elimination of disciplinary actions for employees reporting injuries
These ideas proposed by OSHA are looking to ensure employees feel fully protected and covered while at work. The current period for this rule change runs until October 14, 2014.