OSHA Releases Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

The rule requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms. Analysis of this data will enable OSHA to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources more efficiently.

Effective Jan. 1, 2017

The new reporting requirements will be phased in over two years:

OSHA proposed to extend the 2017 compliance date for electronically submitting injury and illness reports from July 1 to December 1. Applicable employers can submit injury and illness data using an electronic reporting system, available August 1. The anti-retaliation provisions become effective August 10, 2016, but OSHA delayed their enforcement until Dec. 1, 2016.

Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. These same employers will be required to submit information from all 2017 forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.

Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries must submit information from their 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 must be submitted by March 2.

OSHA State Plan states must adopt requirements that are substantially identical to the requirements in this final rule within 6 months after publication of this final rule.

For more information, visit the Injury Tracking Application, Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to OSHA.