OSHA to Launch Application to Electronically Submit Injury, Illness Data

Published July 19, 2017

​On Aug. 1, OSHA will launch the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), a web-based form that will allow employers to electronically submit to the agency required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. Affected employers will have three options for submitting data using the secure website: manually enter data into a web form; upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time; or use an automated recordkeeping system to transmit data electronically via an application programming interface. CSV instructions, a CSV file template and sample file, and the application programming interface (API) technical specifications are already available on OSHA’s website.

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. On June 28, the agency published a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the compliance date to Dec. 1, 2017. OSHA received 78 comments on its proposal during the two-week comment period, which ended on July 13. Both the United Steelworkers, which represents more than 600,000 workers across the U.S., and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents approximately 1.4 million workers in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, “strongly oppose” the proposed five-month delay. These and other comments can be viewed via the docket on Regulations.gov.

OSHA’s final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses, 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. According to the agency, extending the original July 1 deadline to Dec. 1, 2017, will “allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system, and provide the new administration an opportunity to review the new electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation.”

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