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RIMS: Proposed OSHA Rule Would Have an Adverse Effect on Organizations' Risk Management Practices 3/13/2014



Inaccurate Safety Ratings & Reporting Redundancies Top Society’s Concerns

NEW YORK (March 13, 2014)— In an official comment letter submitted to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), RIMS, the risk management society™, voiced its disapproval of a proposed rule that would require organizations to electronically divulge statistics regarding employee injuries and change the current reporting system. 

As proposed by OSHA, the rule would also force risk practitioners to duplicate their recordkeeping and data submission responsibilities.  In its letter, RIMS proposes that an effort should be made to accept data submitted through the current Electronic Data Interchange system.

“While the intent of the rule, to ensure workplace safety for employees, is critical, the information being required from organizations would be incomplete.  It would promote organizations to stop tracking minor incidents and, essentially, lead to the misrepresentation of many employers’ safety records,” said RIMS President Carolyn Snow.  “We appreciate the Administration’s effort to increase transparency and look forward to working with them to develop a more effective and efficient solution.”

The official comment letter can be read here. For more information about RIMS External Affairs initiatives, visit

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About RIMS

As the preeminent organization dedicated to advancing the practice of risk management, RIMS, the Risk Management Society™, is a global not-for-profit organization representing more than 3,500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. Founded in 1950, RIMS brings networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 11,000 risk management professionals located in more than 60 countries. For more information on RIMS, visit


For more information, contact:

Josh Salter, RIMS communications manager, (212) 655-6059 or


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