OSHA’s regulation on Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (29 CFR 1904) requires that certain employers electronically submit injury and illness data to OSHA by March 2, 2019. This recordkeeping rule applies to all establishments with at least 250 employees and those with 20 to 249 employees in certain industries with historically high occupational injury and illness rates.
How should the data be submitted and how long will it take?
OSHA provides a secure website for the electronic submission of information. The website includes web forms for direct data entry and instructions for other means of submission (e.g. file uploads).
OSHA estimates that it will take a typical employer about 10 minutes to create an account and another 10 minutes to enter the required information from the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300A). Establishments must submit the information electronically and may not submit the information on paper.
Why is OSHA collecting the data and how will it be used?
Electronic submission of establishment-specific injury and illness data will enable OSHA to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources more efficiently. Analysis of the data will improve OSHA’s ability to identify, target, and remove safety and health hazards, thereby preventing workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths.
Note: Prior to the March 2 deadline, OSHA required that employers post their establishment’s OSHA Form 300A at a place where employees could see it by February 1, 2019, and keep it there until at least April 30, 2019.
Find more information about OSHA Form 300A, click here.
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