OSHA has extended the date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the agency’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to December 31, 2017. Specifically by December 31, 2017, employers will have to submit data from their 2016 OSHA 300A "Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses." This extended deadline for the electronic reporting rule applies to:
- Establishments with 250 or more employees at any time during the previous calendar year that are required to keep OSHA injury and illness records.
- Establishments with 20 – 249 employees at any time during the previous calendar year in certain high-risk industries.
Early this summer, OSHA proposed to delay the compliance date of the rule from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. The most recent delay was designed to give affected employers more time to become familiar with the new ITA system that launched on August 1, 2017.
Exceptions for Minnesota & Illinois
OSHA noted that private employers in California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming do not have to comply with the electronic reporting requirement because their state plans have not yet adopted the electronic submission requirement. Additionally, state and local government establishments in Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, and New York are not currently required to submit their data through the ITA.
Further explanatory materials and Q&As can be found on OSHA’s Final Rule.
Source: Michael Hyatt, HR Government Affairs Director, MRA – The Management Association