OSHA Further Delays Electronic Reporting
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is further delaying the date – now to December 15, 2017 – by which certain companies must comply with electronic reporting of injuries and illnesses.
In May 2016, OSHA issued a final rule requiring employers with 250 or more employees to submit electronically information from Forms 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report). In addition, employers with 20-249 employees in specifically-identified industries with historically high rates of workplace injuries and illnesses will be required to submit electronically information from Form 300A. This electronic reporting requirement was originally to begin in July 2017, but as we mentioned in our July 2017 E-Update, OSHA pushed the implementation date to December 1, 2017. This date has now been extended to December 15, 2017. Notably, OSHA also stated that it will be submitting a proposed revision to the rule in 2018, although it did not specify which provisions of the rule will be revised.
Employers will be able to access the electronic form from a new webpage, released in August 2017, which also contains information on reporting requirements, frequently asked questions, and a link for requesting assistance.