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OSHA Sets New Requirements for Electronic Reporting

OSHA Sets New Requirements for Electronic Reporting

OSHA_logo_blackThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has finalized new regulations on electronic recordkeeping for injuries and illnesses. The final rule will require electronic submission to the agency of information that is already required to be recorded on onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms. OSHA intends to publish some of this information on a publicly-accessible website.

The rule also updates how employers inform employees about reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.  Specifically, employers must inform employees of the following:

  • Procedures for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses promptly and accurately. According to the final rule, a procedure is not reasonable if it would deter or discourage employees from reporting injuries or illnesses;
  • Employees have the right to report work-related injuries and illnesses;
  • Employers are prohibited from discharging or in any manner discriminating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.

These new provisions take effect on August 10, 2016.

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

  • 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.

Read more about the new rule from Provider.

 

Posted in Federal, Regulatory