New OSHA 300 Log Recordkeeping Rule
By John Conrad, Sep 17 2016 11:19PM
OSHA has promulgated a rule to require certain employers to electronically submit OSHA 300 Injury and Illness data. Under a final rule that becomes effective January 1, 2017, OSHA will revise requirements for recording and submitting records of workplace injuries and illnesses, to require that some of this information be submitted to OSHA electronically for posting to the OSHA website.
OSHA will post the establishment-specific injury and illness date it collects under the rule on its public Web site (www.osha.gov). Any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) must be removed before the data is released to the public.
Why the new rule? OSHA believes that the new rule will, “encourage employers to increase their efforts in preventing worker injuries and illnesses and enable researchers to examine the data in innovative ways that may help employers make their safer and healthier and may also help to identify new workplace safety hazards before they become widespread”. The net result, we believe, will allow OSHA to better focus their inspection efforts on businesses with the worst injury and illness records.
The electronic submission requirement applies to establishments within two categories:
• Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA Injury and Illness records must submit OSHA 300 (Log of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses), 300A (Summary of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses) and 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report).
• Establishments with 20 – 249 employees that are classified in certain industries who have historically high occupational injury and illness rates must submit Form OSHA 300A.
Beginning in 2019, the submission deadline will be moved up to March 2nd. The new rule will not affect the current requirement for establishments who currently are required to maintain an OSHA 300 form, to post the 300A summary in a conspicuous place, starting February 1 to April 30 of the year following the year covered by the form. OSHA does not currently have specific information posted on www.osha.gov site “How To” guide on submission specifics, but will update that feature as the submission deadline approaches.