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OSHA announces electronic reporting deadline for injury and illness data

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule mandates that certain employers in high-risk industries—such as construction, manufacturing and building materials—must submit electronically their 2016 injury and illness data from OSHA Form 300A by Dec. 1, according to www.constructiondive.com.

The deadline applies to each employer establishment—every single location where the company provides services or performs industrial operations—that has at least 20 employees and no more than 249 employees. These establishments must then submit their 2017 300A forms by July 1, 2018, and then annually by March 2 starting in 2019.

Establishments in any industry and with more than 249 employees have the same 300A Dec. 1 deadline but must submit OSHA Forms 300A, 300 and 301 for 2017 incidents by July 1, 2018, and then annually on March 2 starting in 2019.

In June, OSHA announced it would delay the compliance date from July 1 to Dec. 1, saying employers needed time to become familiar with the electronic reporting system and the Trump administration should be given an opportunity to review the new requirements.

Employers will be able to use the web-based system's Injury Tracking Application, which was introduced Aug. 1, to report the information that typically would be submitted on the paper forms.

Industry groups such as the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) have pushed back against the electronic reporting requirements—specifically regarding OSHA's intention to make some of the submitted data available for the public to view online, which industry groups argue could constitute violations of employers' First and Fifth amendment rights. NAHB also alleges there will be no information added to the illness and injury reports showing the measures construction companies took to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

To view OSHA's fact sheet regarding the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule, click here.


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