Also, he said, specific information about an illness or injury could lead to the public identification of an employee, even if his or her name is not included.
Organized labor groups have been generally supportive of the proposed rule, while business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have expressed opposition.
Costello said he was siding with employers because “the labor commissioner is supposed to look out for the interest of wage earners.”
“It is not in the interest of wage earners to declare war against job creators, particularly when it doesn't lead to safety,” he said here after making his public comments.
Tulsa Democrat Mike Workman, who is planning to run against Costello this year, said Thursday that Costello's trip to Washington wasn't an “appropriate use of time and resources. I think he needs to be more concerned about making records more transparent and accessible.”
OSHA is taking public comments on the proposed rule through March 8.