Are You Compliant With OSHA Electronic Reporting Requirements?
OSHA’s final rule on electronic reporting requires certain employers to submit data from their injury and illness records electronically. Affected establishments must use the agency’s Injury Tracking Application to submit information from their OSHA 300A Forms. Originally, the first reporting deadline was set for July 1, 2017, but after a series of delays, OSHA extended the first reporting deadline to Dec. 15, 2017. However, OSHA will accept electronic reports until Dec. 31, 2017, without imposing any penalties.
The following is a summary of important reporting deadlines:
- Dec. 31, 2017—Deadline for employers to submit injury and illness data from 2016.
- July 1, 2018—Deadline for employers to submit injury and illness data from 2017.
- March 2 (2019 and beyond)—Deadline for employers to submit injury and illness data from the previous calendar year. Not all employers and establishments are required to submit records electronically. Here are the requirements for the final rule:
- Establishments with 250 or more employees that are required to keep injury and illness records must electronically submit information from their OSHA 300A, 300 and 301 Forms (only 300A for the first reporting year).
- Establishments with between 20 to 249 employees that are part of a high-risk industry group must electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A.
OSHA Log Summaries Must be Posted by Feb. 1
All employers who are required to keep and maintain an OSHA Form 300 injury and illness log are required to post their OSHA Form 300A summary sheet in their workplaces by Feb. 1, 2018. The summary must list the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during the previous calendar year, and must remain posted in a common area until April 20, 2018.
Employers with 10 or fewer employees or those in certain low-risk industries are partially exempt from OSHA log posting requirements. For more information on OSHA record keeping requirements or to download the required forms, visit OSHA’s website.
Don’t Let This Happen To You
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