Tennessee employers may soon have clarification regarding Occupational Safety and Health Administration reporting requirements if a proposed rule passes. OSHA requires employers to keep records of an on-the-job injury or illness for five years. The agency is considering amending the law due to an April 2012 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
In that ruling, the court ruled against OSHA. The agency had issued citations for the company's failure to record employee injuries going back five years, but the company argued that due to a six-month statute of limitations, OSHA could not issue those citations. The court sided with the company.