OSHA announced today that it will continue accepting 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through its electronic reporting tool—the web-based Injury Tracking Application—until midnight Dec. 31, 2017.
OSHA will not take enforcement action against those employers who submit their reports after the Dec. 15, 2017, deadline but before the Dec. 31, 2017, final entry date.
Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the ITA will no longer accept the 2016 date.
OSHA’s final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information they are already required to keep under existing OSHA regulations.
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 the final rule 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 electronic reporting of injury and illness data. 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 also includes information on reporting requirements, a list of FAQs, and a link to request assistance with completing the form.