Labor Department closes injury reporting system after potential breach


The Department of Labor temporarily shut down its employee injury and illness reporting portal Aug. 16, following a "potential compromise" of electronic data, reports Bloomberg BNA.

On Aug. 14, the Department of Homeland Security told the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that "there is a potential compromise of user information for OSHA's Injury Tracking Application," according to a DOL official. "At this time, one company appears to have been affected and that company has been notified of the issue. Access to the ITA has been temporarily suspended as OSHA works with the system developer to examine the issue to determine the extent of the problem."

The official did not disclose to Bloomberg BNA the company involved.

A 2016 regulation requires businesses to electronically report employee injuries, but trade groups and employers have expressed concerns the data could be publicized or accessed by unions to critique safety performance and reveal personal employee information. The Trump administration is currently considering reversing the rule, according to Bloomberg BNA.

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