As of August 10, 2016, OSHA officially enacted new workplace injury reporting rules, effective January 1, 2017 (with phased-in data submission thereafter). In a nutshell, employers in affected industries with 250 or more employees will have electronically submit to OSHA the injury and illness information from OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301. Employers in affected industries with 20 – 249 employees must submit only the OSHA Form 300A (as set forth more fully below).
|Submission year||Establishments with 250 or more employees||Establishments with 20-249 employees||Submission deadline|
|2017||Form 300A||Form 300A||July 1, 2017|
|2018||Forms 300A, 300, 301||Form 300A||July 1, 2018|
Beginning in 2019, the submission deadline will be changed from July 1 to March 2.
OSHA will then take the information submitted by employers and electronically post it on the OSHA website for public viewing. Note that these electronic submission requirements do not change an employer’s obligation to complete and retain injury and illness records. According to OSHA, its plan is to, “tak[e] information that employers are already required to collect and [use this] data to help keep workers safer and make employers, the public, and the government better informed about workplace hazards.”
The new rules also contain three provisions designed to promote complete and accurate reporting of work-related injuries and illnesses:
The final rule, fact sheets, and FAQs are available on the Federal Register at: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/finalrule/.