OSHA Revises Electronic Reporting Due Date

Published November 29, 2017

Last week, OSHA announced that it will extend the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the agency’s Injury Tracking Application. Certain employers must electronically submit information from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A by the new compliance date, Dec. 15, 2017. Next year, covered employers with 250 or more employees must submit information from completed 2017 OSHA Forms 300A, 300, and 301 by July 1, 2018; employers with fewer employees—20 to 249—must submit information from their completed 2017 Form 300A by the same date. OSHA already requires employers to keep this information under existing agency regulations.

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, or API.

According to OSHA’s press release, the agency is reviewing other provisions of its final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses, which was published in May 2016. OSHA intends to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to reconsider, revise, or remove portions of the rule in 2018.

More information about OSHA’s final rule is available on the agency’s website.