Q: How much time and money do U.S. employers spend on federal employee illness and injury record-keeping?
A: 2,967,237 hours and $136,753,120.
The good news: That’s 105,741 hours less than the task used to take, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which developed the estimates.
The estimates are included in OSHA’s request for public comment and recommendations on the paperwork requirements of 29 CFR part 1904, Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (1218–0176). The notice (Docket No. OSHA–2010–0055) was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 13.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act and 29 CFR part 1904 require employers to maintain records of job-related injuries and illnesses. OSHA uses the records to carry out enforcement and intervention activities, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses them to report on occupational illness and injury rates.
OSHA currently has approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to collect the required information until Feb. 28.
The OSHA Notice requests that OMB extend its approval of the measure past that date and that it accept OSHA’s new, reduced “burden hour estimate” associated with the standard.
The current paperwork estimate is 3,072,978 hours, which assumes that each employer takes two hours annually to complete the required information.
OSHA is also soliciting comment on its existing paperwork burden and seeking public responses to several questions related to the development of OSHA’s estimates.
Comments must be submitted (postmarked, sent, or received) by March 14.