OSHA record keeping is going electronic, and a free lunch-and-learn and a free dine-and-discuss will share how any organization can prepare. 

On July 12 from 6-8 p.m., the Small Business Safety and Health Center at the Gulf Coast Safety Institute will host a free dine and discuss on how to comply with a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration ruling. This program will be repeated as a lunch and learn Thursday, July 28, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Under a final rule effective Jan. 1, 2017, OSHA will now require the submission of records of workplace injuries and illnesses electronically for posting to the OSHA website. OSHA expects this new rule will help improve workplace safety through expanded access to timely, establishment-specific injury and illness information for employees, customers and researchers.

The guest speaker is James Shelton. Shelton has been with the OSHA Houston North Area Office since 1996. In 2004 he became the compliance assistance specialist for OSHA Houston North Area Office, responsible for outreach, training and assistance to employees, employers and industry groups. Previously Shelton was an OSHA inspector and conducted enforcement inspections on hundreds of worksites and investigated numerous workplace fatalities.

The Small Business Safety and Health Center is one of the three centers of the Gulf Coast Safety Institute of College of the Mainland. It focuses on providing the resources that small business owners, managers and supervisors need to succeed. The New Recordkeeping Rule session will be held in Room 112 of the Gulf Coast Safety Institute, 320 Delany Rd. in La Marque.