OSHA to Accept Electronic Injury, Illness Reports through Dec. 31

Published December 20, 2017

OSHA announced on Monday that it will continue accepting 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through its Injury Tracking Application until midnight on Dec. 31, 2017. The agency previously extended the compliance date by which certain employers must electronically report injury and illness data to Dec. 15, 2017. OSHA states that it will not take enforcement action against employers who submit their reports after Dec. 15 as long as they adhere to the final entry date of Dec. 31. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application will no longer accept 2016 data.

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.

Employers have 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 a previous press release, OSHA 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.