Based on questions we’ve fielded from clients, it seems many are understandably unsure what OSHA’s current position is on safety incentive programs. Here’s a quick rehash to clear it all up.
As you may recall, under the prior administration, OSHA rolled out aggressive guidance that discouraged employers from rewarding employees (with bonuses, pizza parties, or otherwise) for successfully hitting low injury rates. At the time, OSHA reasoned that employees’ mouths would water so much at the idea of a free slice of savory, oily, cheesy pizza, they would withhold information about their own (or others’) injuries to keep the rates down (and score a tasty meal).
In October, OSHA rolled back many aspects of that position. For a refresher, please check out our full analysis:
OSHA rolls back guidance on drug testing and incentive programs