Poultry Groups Submit Concerns about Proposed Injury and Illness Tracking Regulation

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Source: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

Tucker, Ga. -- Last week, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation sent a letter to the Department of Labor regarding the OSHA proposed regulation, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, respectfully suggesting that the rule is misguided and that it should be withdrawn.

“We believe the existing record keeping system is sufficient to allow employers to identify and address risks in their work environments,” the groups wrote. “In addition, we are very concerned that the proposed rule improperly and in a negative way changes the traditional no fault record keeping system. This change will force employers to commit energy and resources toward lagging indicators, as opposed to more effective leading indicators.”

The groups also said the proposed rule will have the effect of limiting the amount of useful information currently included in record keeping forms, out of concern that the information will be made public.

“We also question why OSHA did not make Federal agency injury and illness information public in a similar rulemaking completed just a few months ago,” the letter continued. “Finally, our members have significant privacy concerns with making the information public and also believe that OSHA has significantly understated the costs of the rule.”

About U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is an all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, whose mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is based in Tucker, Ga.

About the National Chicken Council The National Chicken Council (NCC) represents integrated chicken producer-processors, the companies that produce and process chickens. Member companies of NCC account for more than 95 percent of the chicken sold in the United States.

About the National Turkey Federation

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate for all segments of the $14 billion turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities that increase demand for its members' products by protecting and enhancing their ability to profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious products.

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