The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently toughened its standards for investigating companies, specifically manufacturers, that under-report injuries and illnesses.

In 2009, OSHA announced a "National Emphasis Program on Recordkeeping" that specifically targeted firms that are thought to have incorrectly reported workplace-related injuries and illnesses. The goal was and is to improve reporting accuracy through better enforcement. In the past few weeks, however, OSHA announced it is expanding its industry scope but still focusing mainly on manufacturers.

OSHA relies on data it has collected from 2008 and 2009 to pinpoint firms whose reported rates fall below their industry’s standard rate.

Workplace illnesses and injuries are reported each year to OSHA on its form called the Log 300.

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