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Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Extends Review of OSHA’s MSD Rule

OSHA LogoIn a rare move the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) extended its review of OSHA’s Occupational Injury Recording and Reporting Requirements Rule: Musculo-Skeletal Disorders (MSD) Column.

The rule, originally proposed this year, would require employers to “check a box” in a separate column on the OSHA 300 log – an “MSD” column – for injuries and illnesses that fit within the agency’s proposed definition.  OSHA also proposed to remove existing language from its record keeping compliance directive that “minor musculoskeletal discomfort” is not recordable as a restricted work case “if a health care professional determines that the employee is fully able to perform all of his or her routine job functions, and the employer assigns a work restriction for the purpose of preventing a more serious injury.”

OMB, however, is clearly taking a hard look at OSHA’s rule.  OMB rarely extends its reviews under Executive Order 12866 and this signals that OMB has issues with the rule, or its underlying economic analysis, that it has yet to resolve with OSHA.

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