OSHA has delayed the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, from July 1, 2017, to December 1, 2017. OSHA said a further delay of the compliance date is appropriate to permit additional review into questions of law and policy. Meanwhile, litigation challenging the rule creeps forward after a 60-day delay and an order denying requests to intervene by public health groups and unions.
OSHA’s delay extends the initial submission deadline for 2016 Form 300A data to December 1, 2017, to provide the Trump Administration "an opportunity to review the new electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation and allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system, which will not be available until August 1," according to OSHA’s notice.
About the rule. The final rule adds to the requirements that employers report to OSHA workplace fatalities, injuries requiring hospitalization, and those resulting in amputation or in loss of an eye. Under the final rule, employers in certain high-hazard industries with 250 or more employees will be required to provide OSHA electronic information to include the record of injuries and illnesses (300 log), the summary report (300A), and the information on the incident reports (301 form). Employers in the same high-hazard industries that have between 20 and 249 employees will need to electronically submit the summary report only. Employers are already required to complete and maintain these forms.
More information about the final rule can be found in MRA’s previously published article.
Source: CCH/Wolters Kluwer; Lynell Meeth, HR Business Advisor, MRA – The Management Association