The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) released final rules that now requires employers to report injuries and illnesses that they record electronically. Why did OSHA promulgate this new rule? The goal is to harness the benefits of “Big Data.” “Big Data” is all the rage in modern business analytics and OSHA is trying to utilize this information to improve worker safety.
The hope is that this simple change will improve worker safety for everyone across the country. The data will inform OSHA of common human behaviors and help the agency design new rules and training programs to improve safety.