OSHA Proposes Delaying Compliance Date for Electronic Submission of Injury, Illness Reports

Published June 28, 2017

​OSHA has proposed delaying the electronic reporting compliance date of its rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. The final rule, which was published in May 2016, requires certain employers to transmit to OSHA information about workplace injuries and illnesses, which employers already record on OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301. The rule’s electronic reporting requirements went into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, and the initial deadline by which certain employers would be required to electronically submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A to OSHA was July 1. According to the agency, extending this deadline to Dec. 1, 2017, will “provide the new administration an opportunity to review the new electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation and allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system.”The electronic reporting system will not be available until Aug. 1, 2017. OSHA intends to provide a secure website that offers three options for electronic data submission: manually entering data into a web form; uploading a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time; or transmitting data electronically via an application programming interface (API).

OSHA is accepting comments on its proposal to delay the July 1 compliance date to Dec. 1 through July 13, 2017. Information on submitting comments is available in the Federal Register notice.

The agency intends to issue a separate proposal to reconsider, revise, or remove other provisions of the prior final rule. Comments on that forthcoming proposal will be accepted separately.

When the final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses was first announced in 2016, then-Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA David Michaels, PhD, MPH, stated that access to these data would allow the agency to use its resources more efficiently. According to Michaels, the new rule would help OSHA identify those workplaces where workers are at greatest risk. For example, the data might prompt the agency to refer high-rate small- and medium-sized employers to OSHA’s free on-site consultation program, or to send hazard-specific outreach information to employers.

More information about OSHA’s final rule issued to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses is available on the agency’s website.