The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report “Better OSHA Guidance Needed on Safety Incentive Programs” that analyzes employer’s use of safety incentive programs in an effort to bring reportable injuries down. OSHA relies on employer injury and illness records to target its enforcement efforts. However, questions have been raised as to whether some safety incentive programs and other workplace safety policies discourage workers from reporting injuries and illnesses suffered in the workplace. The GAO analyzed these issues and came to the conclusion that OSHA needs to provide more detailed guidance on these programs so that employers do not use programs that illegally stifle a workers right to report a work-related injury or illness.
Read the GAO report here: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-329