OSHA Injury/Illness Electronic Reporting Is Due December 15
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced another delay for the compliance date for electronically reporting 2016 workplace injuries and illnesses. No later than December 15, 2017, facilities with between 20 and 249 employees will need to electronically report to OSHA, their summary of injuries and illnesses from 2016 reported on their OSHA Form 300A. As background, the injury/illness electronic tracking rule, finalized on May 12, 2016, imposes new requirements on companies filling out and posting their 300A forms at their respective workplaces. The new rule, known as the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule, requires companies establish new anti-retaliation programs and applies to company facilities with 20-249 employees to originally submit their OSHA 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017 and their 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information would be submitted electronically by March 2.
In addition to announcing the delay, OSHA also previously indicated that it will subsequently request comments from stakeholders about a “proposal to reconsider, revise, or remove other provisions of the prior final rule.” The timing of the subsequent notice is unknown, however NRMCA welcomes these developments and plans to submit comments in support of a full repeal of the rule.