OSHA Changes Course and Requires Employers in State Plans to Submit Injury & Illness Data Electronically

Regulation | May 02, 2018 | by

In a news release issued April 30th, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated that it is correcting an error in the implementation of its 2016 electronic reporting of injury and illness reporting regulation and will require employers in State Plans that they must submit their injury and illness data through OSHA’s ITA portal even if their state has not yet adopted the new requirements of the regulation.

Specifically, OSHA stated that Section 18(c)(7) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and applicable regulations pertaining to State Plans require the change in implementation. As a result, for Calendar Year 2017, employers covered by State Plans must provide Form 300A data electronically by July 1, 2018. Further, establishments with 250 or more employees are only required to provide their 2017 Form 300A summary data. OSHA is not accepting Form 300 and 301 information at this time.

OSHA also announced that it will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to reconsider, revise, or remove provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” final rule, including the collection of the Forms 300/301 data. The Agency is currently drafting that NPRM and will seek comment on those provisions.