On May 17, 2017, OSHA announced that it has delayed the July 1, 2017, deadline to submit injury and illness data electronically as part of its Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.
Background. The new rule, which took effect January 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms (Form 300A). Analysis of this data will enable OSHA to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources more efficiently. More information on the rule can be found here.
Key Takeaways for Members. Members can breathe a sigh of relief for now and do not need to submit injury and illness data electronically to OSHA at this time. The new filing deadline has yet to be announced. It appears likely that this will be revisited when a new Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health is announced under the current administration. MRA will keep you updated on new developments related to this topic.
Source: Michael Hyatt, HR Government Affairs Director, MRA – The Management Association