The Senate, under the Congressional Review Act, will be voting soon on whether to revoke the amended Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule requiring employers to keep injury and illness records for five years.

The amended rule was in a response to a court battle that OSHA lost due to imprecise language in the existing rule. The amendment was crafted to more accurately represent the original intent of the law.

The rule change puts no additional burden on the employer. However, revoking the amended language would dilute the effectiveness of the law, allowing the employer less accountability and the ultimately putting workers at greater risk of harm on the job.

Linda Doran

associate director

Maine Labor Group on Health

Augusta