This week we hosted an OSHA recordkeeping webinar with Edwin G Foulke, Jr, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and current co-chair of with Fisher & Phillips Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. Edwin examined the many recordkeeping pitfalls that employers face and presented a five-step process to injury and illness recordkeeping.
One of the worst kept secrets over the past few decades has been how companies and health care providers have joined forces to game the OSHA 300 log to reduce the number of reportable injuries. This created a win-win situation where companies could report lower injury rates and the Department of Labor could take credit for creating safer workplaces. Unfortunately, this increased safety was often a mirage created by the careful managing of physician behavior to skirt OSHA rules.