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Legislation: New OSHA Rule Focuses on Employee Privacy

Effective July 30, 2020, each request by an OSHA representative to examine or copy employee medical records must be made pursuant to a medical access order, unless specific written consent is given by the employee, or the records contain specific categories of information (e.g. death certificates, injury and illness records, medical information that is not personally identifiable); OSHA personnel are prohibited from releasing or sharing records except when required by subpoena or necessary to resolve a public health problem.