OSHA Extends Electronic Reporting Deadline to December 15, 2017
December 4, 2017 •
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the deadline for certain employers to submit OSHA’s Form 300A electronically as required in the OSHA rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. OSHA has extended the deadline to Dec.15, 2017 to file calendar year 2016 data on Form 300A using the electronic reporting portal.
OSHA has said it will issue another rulemaking that might modify reporting requirements under the rule, including future reporting dates. Reporting dates currently in effect are:
- December 15, 2017: Affected establishments are to submit information from their 2016 Form 300A (annual summary of injury information) using an online system.
- July 1, 2018: Affected companies must submit 2017 forms 300A, 300 (injury and illness log) and 301 (incident reports), with certain high-risk industries required to submit 2017 Form 300A only.
- March 2, 2019 and every year thereafter: Affected companies must submit forms 300A, 300 and 301 from the prior year, with certain high-risk industries required to submit Form 300A only (from the prior year).
OSHA requires employers with more than 10 employees to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. Certain low-risk industries are exempted. Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded. OSHA defines as serious work-related injury as follows:
- Any work-related fatality;
- Any work-related injury or illness that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job;
- Any work-related injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid;
- Any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones or teeth, and punctured eardrums; or
- There are also special recording criteria for work-related cases involving: needlesticks and sharps injuries; medical removal; hearing loss; and tuberculosis.
OSHA also requires records of such injuries be maintained at the worksite for at least five years. Each February through April, employers must post a summary of the injuries and illnesses recorded the previous year. Also, if requested, copies of the records must be provided to current and former employees, or their representatives.
For more information, visit OSHA’s webpage for Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements.
Contact ACA’s Riaz Zaman for more information.