OSHA’s Long-Anticipated Digital Age of Recordkeeping

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The requirement for online data collection of workplace injury and illness information is here. If you employ 250 or more employees the OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 must now be electronically submitted to OSHA. This rule does not change any requirements your employer must already follow related to OSHA recordkeeping.

For employers with 20-249 employees in construction and other industries on this list, the OSHA 300A must be submitted to OSHA.

OSHA hopes that this rule will target employers who discourage workers from reporting injuries. The requirements take effect on January 1, 2017. The phase-in schedule is summarized in this table available in an OSHA Fact Sheet on the new rule:

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The submission deadline will change in 2019 to March 2nd. OSHA will publish establishment-specific data collected under the new rule at www.osha.gov. Any personally identifying information will be removed before the data is available for the public to view.

If you conduct business in a state-plan state, they must adopt “substantially identical” requirements to the OSHA rule within six months after publication of the final rule.

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