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Occupational Safety and Health Administration


RIN: 1218-AC45

Publication ID: Fall 2010

Title: Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements--Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Column

Abstract: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule on Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements (66 FR 5916, Jan. 19, 2001), that became effective January 1, 2002. After a regulatory review, the Agency determined that two provisions of the final rule would be delayed and reconsidered; the recording of occupational hearing loss (1904.10) and recording work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) (1904.12) (66 FR 35113, Jul. 3, 2001). Subsequently, OSHA issued a final 1904.10 regulation setting recording criteria for occupational hearing loss (67 FR 44037, Jul. 1, 2002). Following notice and comment, OSHA published another final rule to remove the WMSD column from the regulation and the accompanying definition used to check the column on the OSHA 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illness (68 FR 38601, Jun. 30, 2003). OSHA has reconsidered the need for a 300 Log column for WMSD, and for defining "musculoskeletal disorders" for checking the column. The Agency believes that having aggregate data on WMSDs may help employers and workers track these injuries at individual workplaces, and that the Nationís occupational injury and illness information may benefit from improved statistics on WMSD. Improved WMSD information might also assist the Agency in its day-to-day activities and overall safety and health policymaking.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda

Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage

Major: No

Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1904 (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)

Legal Authority: 5 USC 533; 29 USC 657 and 658; 29 USC 660; 29 USC 666; 29 USC 669

Legal Deadline: None




FR Cite



75 FR 4728

Public Meeting



NPRM Comment Period End


75 FR 10738

Extension of Comment Period End



Final Action



Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Federalism: No

Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

RIN Data Printed in the FR: No

Agency Contact:
Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678