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OSHA Releases Final Ruling on Reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a Final Rule on the electronic reporting of jobsite illness and injury designed to rescind the requirements for establishments of 250 employees or more.

According to the information the final ruling was made: “To protect worker privacy, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is amending the recordkeeping regulation by rescinding the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301.  These establishments will continue to be required to maintain those records on-site, and OSHA will continue to obtain them as needed through inspections and enforcement actions.  In addition to reporting required after severe injuries, establishments will continue to submit information from their Form 300A.”

Three points for consideration.

  1. The information that was collected for forms 300 and 301 will still have to be collected and made available as a requirement of any inspections on the jobsite.  The owners will not have to electronically file that information.  So you are not off the hook for the information, you just do not have to report it electronically.
  2. The standing requirements for establishments with 10-249 employees to continue to report their injuries and illnesses on Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Excel required), and to post it on the jobsite remain in effect.
  3. All establishments must still submit electronically their Form 300A, Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, as currently required.

The effective date, according to the Federal Register is February 25, 2019.

You can read the entire ruling on OSHA’s published document Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.