OSHA delays recordkeeping provisions

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is delaying for one year the effective date of three provisions of its recordkeeping rule and is establishing interim criteria for recording cases of work-related hearing loss. The provisions, postponed until January 1, 2003, are the criteria for recording work-related hearing loss, the rule’s definition of “musculoskeletal disorder” (MSD) and the requirement that employers check the MSD column on the OSHA log. All other provisions of the rule take effect Jan. 1, 2002. For more information, visit www.osha-slc.gov/recordkeeping/index.html.