App Launches, but Delay for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports
OSHA proposed a delay in the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, from the initial July 1, 2017 date, to Dec. 1, 2017. The proposed delay will allow OSHA an opportunity to further review and consider the rule.
The final rule was published on May 12, 2016. The delay for compliance is believed appropriate to allow additional review regarding questions of the law and policy. The delay also allows OSHA to provide employers the same four-month window for submitting data that the original rule would have provided.
However, OSHA will launch the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) on Aug. 1, 2017. The Web-based form allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. The application will be accessible from the ITA webpage. The launch provides time to become familiar with ITA.
Last month, OSHA published a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the deadline for submitting 2016 Form 300A to Dec. 1, 2017, to allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system, and to provide the new administration an opportunity to review the new electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation.
OSHA invited the public to comment on the proposed deadline extension, which were due July 13, 2017. We’ll keep you posted of any changes if you missed our earlier web posting.
- Who: Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified incertain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses.
- What: Covered establishments with 250 or more employees must electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), and 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report). Covered establishments with 20-249 employees must electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A.
- When: The requirement becomes effective on January 1, 2017. The new reporting requirements will be phased in over two years. In 2017, all covered establishments must submit information from their completed 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017 – now extended to December 1, 2017.In 2018, covered establishments with 250 or more employees must submit information from all completed 2017 forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018, and covered establishments with 20-249 employees must submit information from their completed 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, covered establishments must submit the information by March 2.
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