Business groups are weighing in on new OSHA reporting requirements that take effect beginning next year, and not everyone agrees they'll have a significant impact on safety. Most significantly, the changes require employers to notify OSHA when a worker is killed on the job or suffers a serious injury or illness. The information will be available online and in a public announcement of the changes, Dr. David Michaels
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health stated "Since no employer wants their workplace to be known as an unsafe place, we believe that the possibility of public reporting of serious injuries will encourage - or, in the behavioral economics term 'nudge' employers to take steps to prevent injuries so they are not seen as unsafe places to work."
According to a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article:
OSHA is one of several federal agencies taking the name-and-shame approach ... The idea is that people increasingly accustomed to looking up product reviews on Amazon.com (AMZN) and restaurant reviews on Yelp (YELP) might do the same when they choose an employer, car, or credit card company.
Writer Josh Eidelson also notes reaction from several business groups, quoting two experts who say they don't believe that this approach will have a measurable impact on worker safety. Read More