The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) first proposed, then abandoned, and finally reintroduced a rule that would add a column for reporting musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on the annual Form 300 Injury and Illness Log that each business must submit.

In its latest incarnation, the rule was opened to public commentary during teleconferences held on April 11 and 12.

In today's Federal Register, OSHA is again inviting comments—due no later than June 16—on the proposed rule but is limiting the discussion to issues brought up during the April teleconferences.

OSHA administrator David Michaels explained: “OSHA is eager to hear from the public on this, and every, proposed rule. The more feedback the agency receives from small businesses on this topic, the better informed we will be in crafting a proposed regulation that protects workers without overburdening employers.”

Comments may be submitted electronically through the federal eRulemaking portal, via facsimile if fewer than 10 pages to (202) 693-1648, or by mail or hand-delivery to OSHA Docket Office, Docket Number OSHA-2009-0044, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210.

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