OSHA’s proposed changes to the E-Recordkeeping rule are still being revised; however, the target date for electronic injury submissions is now December 1, 2017. It’s possible that the date will be delayed again, but many businesses impacted by the rule are anticipating this date and getting ready — some have begun submitting.

The final rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they’re already required to record on OSHA Injury and Illness forms which are maintained at their company.

There have been a few stalls since the rule took effect on January 1, 2017. The secure website to submit injury forms was to be available in February 2017 with July 1, 2017 as the original deadline to submit. This is now delayed until the December date.

While there isn’t an advantage to submitting early, it’s certainly best to at least be prepared, especially since waiting until the last-minute could be problematic in case you have technical issues with the Injury Tracking Application website.