Update – OSHA Final Rule on Electronic Reporting

Last year, OSHA issued a final rule that requires certain employers to electronically submit data from their injury and illness records so they can be posted on the agency’s website. Although employers were initially required to submit this data by July 1, 2017, the agency recently stated that it will not be ready to receive electronic workplace injury and illness reports by the established deadline, and has proposed a new compliance date of Dec. 1, 2017.

Another reason for the delay rests with several lawsuits that were filed against OSHA in 2016 and 2017.  These lawsuits have had no effect on the OSHA reporting requirement and are considered a non-factor at this time.

Due to this, all business’s subject to the electronic reporting rule must report their injury data from their OSHA forms no later than December 1st, 2017!

How will electronic submission work?

OSHA has provided a secure website that offers three options for data submission. First, users will be able to manually enter data into a webform. Second, users will be able to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time. Last, users of automated recordkeeping systems will have the ability to transmit data electronically via an API (application programming interface). The Injury Tracking Application (ITA) is now accessible on the ITA launch page where you will be able to provide the Agency with your 2016 OSHA Form 300A information. OSHA also published a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Kerby (Director of Risk Mitigation Services at Baldwin Krystyn Sherman) via email at pkerby@bks-partners.com.

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