As of January 27, 2010, OSHA’s State Plan webpage is reporting that all State Plan States have indicated an intent to adopt OSHA’s Recordkeeping National Emphasis Program (NEP). (OSHA will continually update the webpage as it gathers additional information from the State Plan States regarding adoption.) OSHA launched the NEP, effective September 30, to ascertain whether, and to what extent, employers are under-recording injuries and illnesses at the worksite. State Plan State adoption further broadens the potential scope of this significant enforcement initiative.
Of the 26 State Plan States adopting, 14 States have indicated an intent to adopt an identical NEP, according to OSHA’s website. These States are: Arizona, California (adopted on 11/30/2009), Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Tennessee (adopted on 11/1/2009), Utah, Virginia, the Virgin Islands, and Vermont.
The following States have indicated that they will adopt a different recordkeeping NEP: Alaska, Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico (adopted on 1/4/2010), South Carolina, Washington, and Wyoming.
Jackson Lewis has prepared a special report on the federal NEP and recorded (with SmartPros Ltd.) two recordkeeping seminars to assist employers in preparing for the NEP and ensuring their recordkeeping practices are fully compliant with OSHA’s rules. The first is Course 2215, OSHA’s Record-Keeping NEP: What It Is and What You Need to Do to Prepare, which explains OSHA’s Recordkeeping NEP in detail. The second is Course 2210, The OSHA Record-Keeping "Great Eight," which goes through eight key principles for OSHA recordkeeping compliance.
OSHA is determined to ascertain whether, and to what extent, injuries and illnesses are under-recorded. Employers must be prepared.