Why Revealing Workplace Safety Records is Good for Business
For many years, OSHA has required employers to keep a record of workplace injuries. The Trump administration is delaying implementation of a rule requiring employers to report their injury data to OSHA. Because the rule requires employers to send information they already collected, the cost to employers would be minimal. Providing this information to the public would promote workplace safety and economic efficiency. For example, high worker injury rates in nursing homes may be the result of inadequate staffing or low investment in safety equipment. Employees and patients could use information concerning injury rates to decide whether to seek employment with or admission to a particular nursing home. Research demonstrates that transparency promotes public safety. After Los Angeles implemented a rule requiring restaurants to post their health grades. restaurants with high health grades enjoyed rising revenue while those with low health grades saw revenues drop. If you're interested in promoting worker safety, public health, and economic efficiency, let the Trump administration know you support the OSHA transparency rule.