That’s what will be happening if the GAO’s recommendation issued last week takes place. While studying how OSHA’s Records Audit Process could be improved, one of their recommendations is that the Secretary of Labor “require inspectors to interview workers during records audits, and substitute other workers when those initially selected are unavailable.”
According to the report, there are substantial disincentives for the reporting of injuries which can in some cases lead to pressure on health care practitioners to provide insufficient medical treatment.
The full report, Enhancing OSHA’s Records Audit Process Could Improve the Accuracy of Worker Injury and Illness Data, was issued on October 15, 2009.
Will OSHA go along? According to the report, OSHA agreed with the recommendations.