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On May 11, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its final rule to combat preventable workplace injuries and illnesses by requiring companies to submit all work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA electronically. The rule is a continuation of am updated rule from 2013.

According to a press release issued earlier this month, the new rule is intended to “modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public, and OSHA about workplace hazards.”

As sister publication Remodeling reports: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than three million workers suffer from a workplace injury or illness every year. Yet, there is little information on worker injuries and illnesses made public or available to OSHA.

With the new rule, employers now are required to send OSHA injury and illness data, something employers are already required to collect, but data is submitted on a voluntary basis.

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