OSHA Rule Requiring Electronic Reporting of Injuries Goes into Effect

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) electronic injury and illness reporting rule took effect on Dec. 15, and it applies to businesses in many states 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 in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. These industries include agriculture, utilities, construction, manufacturing, transportation, hospitals, and nursing homes. The reports must now be filed through a new online injury tracking application (ITA) on a new website. The new reporting requirements are being phased in over two years, and businesses must submit information from already-completed 2016 Form 300A through the online form. 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, the reports are due by March 2. OSHA estimates that it will take a typical employer about 10 minutes to create an account and another 10-12 minutes to enter the required information. Employers that do not have the necessary equipment or Internet connection may submit their data from a public facility, such as a library. OSHA noted that some state OSHA plans have not yet adopted the requirement to submit injury and illness reports electronically. These states include California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, and state and local government establishments in Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, and New York are not currently required to submit their data through the ITA.

Insurance Journal (12/15/17) Simpson, Andrew G.
1/23/2018

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