OSHA Grants Extension for Electronic Reporting of Workplace Injuries, Illnesses
To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched Aug. 1, 2017, OSHA’s final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses sets Dec. 15, 2017, as the date for compliance
The new deadline represents a two-week extension from the Dec. 1, 2017, compliance date set in the proposed rule.
The final rule requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information they are already required to keep under existing OSHA regulations.
By Dec. 15, employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA). The web-based form allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A.
Unless an employer is under federal jurisdiction, the following OSHA-approved State Plans have not yet adopted the requirement to submit injury and illness reports electronically: California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Establishments in these states are not currently required to submit their summary data through the ITA. Similarly, state and local government establishments in Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, and New York are not currently required to submit their data through the ITA.
OSHA is currently reviewing the other provisions of its final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, and intends to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to reconsider, revise, or remove portions of that rule in 2018.
Submitting Your Electronic Reporting Data
The data submission process involves four steps: (1) Creating an establishment, (2) adding 300A summary data, (3) submitting data to OSHA, and (4) reviewing the confirmation email.
The secure website offers three options for data submission. One option enables users to manually enter data into a web form.
Another option gives users the ability to upload a CSV (comma separated value) file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time.
A third option will allow users of automated recordkeeping systems to transmit data electronically via an application programming interface.
The ITA webpage also includes information on reporting requirements, a list of FAQs, and a link to request assistance with completing the form.
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