According to the announcement, the OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor is an interactive tool that simulates an employer’s interaction with a Recordkeeping rules expert. The Advisor relies on the users’ responses to questions and automatically adapts to the situation presented. According to a press release, responses put into the program are strictly confidential and the system does not record or store any of the information. The Advisor helps employers determine:
- Whether an injury or illness (or related event) is work-related
- Whether an event or exposure at home or on travel is work-related
- Whether an exception applies to the injury or illness
- Whether a work-related injury or illness needs to be recorded
- Which provisions of the regulations apply when recording a work-related injury or illness
“The Recordkeeping Advisor was developed to better help employers understand and comply with their responsibilities to report and record work-related injuries and illnesses,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.
The Recordkeeping Advisor tool is online at http://www.dol.gov/elaws/OSHARecordkeeping.htm
OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping page links to the Recordkeeping Advisor and other guidance materials to help employers understand and comply with Federal recordkeeping and reporting requirements, according to the announcement. More information is available at http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html.