Effective Aug. 10, companies in high-hazard industries (including construction) with at least 20 employees must electronically submit injury and illness information, which OSHA will then post on its website. The regulation represents a reversal of OSHA’s longstanding policy of permitting employers to record injuries without fear of disclosure. 

Though OSHA states it will remove all personally identifiable information associated with the records before they are made public, groups opposed to the regulation—including Associated Builders and Contractors and the Coalition for Workplace Safety—contend the forced electronic reporting requirements will give competitors undue access to confidential business information (e.g., hours worked by each employee). Plus, they contend the data doesn’t tell the full story of a company’s safety record or efforts to promote a safe work environment.