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AGRIBUSINESS: OSHA Proposal Raises Questions Of Privacy

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A new proposal from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to report injury and illness information periodically and, according to the American Meat Institute (AMI), this is a redundancy.
OSHA wants that information filed electronically either quarterly or annually depending on the size of the business, but AMI says employers already track illness and injury information, and will have a heavier workload with little benefit in complying.
OSHA also wants to release injury and illness data publicly online.  They say it will benefit the public. AMI contends that employees might conceal injuries or illness over privacy concerns if the data is available online.
OSHA received over 1,300 comments online, most of which were part of a mass letter campaign in opposition to the rule.