OSHA currently requires employers to keep track of their employees’ injuries and illnesses in an “OSHA log.” However, in 2016, the agency released a final rule that will also require some employers to submit these records electronically, so they can be posted on OSHA’s website. The final rule became effective on Jan. 1, 2017.
The following are the requirements for the new rule:
- Establishments with 250 or more employees that are required to keep injury and illness records must electronically submit the following forms:
o OSHA Form 300: Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
o OSHA Form 300A: Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
o OSHA Form 301: Injury and Illnesses Incident Report
- Establishments with 20-249 employees that work in industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses must electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A.
With the new rule, OSHA hopes that employers and researchers will be encouraged to find new and innovative ways to prevent injuries and illnesses at workplaces. For more information on the recordkeeping rule, contact us at 469-443-3489. We can provide you with our in-depth compliance bulletin, “OSHA Issues Final Rule on Electronic Reporting.”