New OSHA Reporting Rule Takes Effect in January
Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor will require certain employers in designated high-hazard industries to electronically submit injury and illness information to the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Employers in these industries are already required to keep this information.
The rule taking effect now includes the following submission requirements due by March 2, 2024:
- Establishments with 100 or more employees in certain high-hazard industries must electronically submit information from their Form 300-Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, and Form 301-Injury and Illness Incident Report to OSHA once a year. These submissions are in addition to submission of Form 300A-Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.
- To improve data quality, establishments are required to include their legal company name when making electronic submissions to OSHA from their injury and illness records.
OSHA will publish some of the data collected on its website.
That will allow employers, employees, potential employees, employee representatives, current and potential customers, researchers, and the general public access to information about a company’s workplace safety and health record.
OSHA officials said they believe that providing public access to the data will ultimately reduce occupational injuries and illnesses.
“Congress intended for the Occupational Safety and Health Act to include reporting procedures that would provide the agency and the public with an understanding of the safety and health problems workers face, and this rule is a big step in finally realizing that objective,” explained Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker.
“OSHA will use these data to intervene through strategic outreach and enforcement to reduce worker injuries and illnesses in high-hazard industries.
“The safety and health community will benefit from the insights this information will provide at the industry level, while workers and employers will be able to make more informed decisions about their workplace’s safety and health.”
The final rule retains the current requirements for electronic submission of information from Form 300A from establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-hazard industries.
It also retains requirements for establishments with 250 or more employees in industries that must routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records.
The announcement follows proposed amendments announced in March 2022 to regulations for requiring specific establishments in certain high-hazard industries to electronically submit information from their Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, and Injury and Illness Incident Report.
The high-hazard industries subject to the new requirement include:
- NAICS 3261: Plastics Product Manufacturing.
- NAICS 3262: Rubber Product Manufacturing;
- NAICS 3272: Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing;
- NAICS 3273: Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing;
- NAICS 3361: Motor Vehicle Manufacturing;
- NAICS 4931: Warehousing and Storage;
- NAICS 4413: Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores;
A full list can be found online at OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application.
If you have questions regarding these new regulations, contact CBIA’s Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1982).
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