Currently, the Occupational Safety Health and Administration (OSHA) requires that covered employers record workplace safety data in the form of an injury and illness report for each case (Form 301), a log of the cases (Form 300), and an annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses (Form 300A).
OSHA has always required that this information be provided to them, but traditionally it has been done so in private and held in private. With the new rule, however, employers with more than 250 employees or employers with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries are required to submit the workplace safety information electronically to OSHA each quarter, and that information will be published on OSHA’s website.
By December 1, 2017, employers must electronically submit their 300A summaries for covered establishments. There are subsequent specific reporting requirements for 2018 and 2019.
OSHA’s final rule anticipates that states with their own OSHA plans will implement systems that meet these deadlines.
Contributed by Danielle C. Lester, a member of Bodman PLC’s Workplace Law Group.
View the on-demand webinar “OSHA Record Keeping Update: New Injury & Illness Rule Enforcement Begins Dec. 1” with Danielle.