The effective enforcement date for the anti-retaliation provisions in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new record keeping rule has been pushed back from its original Aug. 10 start date, reports the National Association of Home Builders.
The provision would require employers to inform workers of their rights to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation, and to implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and do not deter workers from reporting. The rule also prohibits employers from retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.
The delay was put in place to allow additional time for more outreach to employers, and provide more educational materials and guidance, OSHA says. The new effective date is Nov. 1.