A new Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule that takes effect in 2017 requires employers with 250 or more employees, and smaller employers in certain high-risk industries to submit recordable injury and illness data electronically through a secure website, according to the OSHA website.
This new requirement will be phased in. For the first two years, affected employers must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1. Beginning in 2019, the deadline will be March 2.
These deadlines could differ in states that have their own OSHA-Approved State Plans, such as Minnesota and Iowa; however all states are required to adopt “substantially identical requirements.”
Some of the submitted injury data will be posted publicly on OSHA’s website. Public disclosure is intended to “nudge” employers to work harder at injury prevention, according to Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. David Michaels.
For more information on the new requirements, visit OSHA’s Q&A page on the new rule.
For more information on OSHA reporting and recording in general, see our past blog post, Reporting injuries to OSHA and your workers’ comp insurer – what’s the difference?