OSHA Proposes Changes to Occupational Injury, Illness Recordkeeping Rule

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On March 28, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced proposed amendments to its occupational injury and illness recordkeeping regulation, 29 CFR 1904.41. The current regulation requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information – that they are required to keep – to OSHA. The agency uses these reports to identify and respond to emerging hazards and makes aspects of the information publicly available.

In addition to reporting Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, the proposed rule would require certain establishments in certain high-hazards industries to electronically submit additional information from their Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, as well as their Injury and Illness Incident Report.

According to OSHA, these amendments would improve the agency’s ability to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources to identify workplaces where workers are at high risk. “The proposed rule would also advance the department’s mission to empower workers by increasing transparency in the workforce,” stated the OSHA announcement.

The proposed rule would:

  • Require establishments with 100 or more employees in certain high-hazard industries to electronically submit information from their OSHA Forms 300, 301 and 300A to OSHA once a year.
  • Update the classification system used to determine the list of industries covered by the electronic submission requirement.
  • Remove the current requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees not in a designated industry to electronically submit information from their Form 300A to OSHA annually.
  • Require establishments to include their company name when making electronic submissions to OSHA.

Establishments with 20 or more employees in certain high-hazard industries would continue to be required to electronically submit information from their OSHA Form 300A annual summary to OSHA annually.

Stakeholders may submit comments online by the May 31, 2022 deadline using Docket No. OSHA-2021-0006 on the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Read the Federal Register notice for details.

Contact ACA’s Riaz Zaman for more information.

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