OSHA Rescinds Electronic Illness and Injury Reporting Requirements


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a final rule that rescinds the requirement for employers to submit certain reporting forms electronically.

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) and 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report). This electronic reporting requirement was originally to begin in July 2017, but was subject to several delays, and then in May 2018, OSHA announced that it would not accept the submission of Forms 300 and 301. In July 2018, OSHA issued a proposed rule to rescind those requirements. That rule has now been made final.

The new rule also now requires the submission of Employer Identification Numbers with Form 300A, which must be submitted electronically. Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) must be submitted by employers with 20 to 249 employees in specifically-identified industries with historically high rates of workplace injuries and illnesses.