Are you aware of OSHA’s new Injury Tracking Application (electronic injury reporting) requirements and deadlines?
This simple change in OSHA’s rule making requirements is intended to improve safety for workers. Behavioral economics tells us that making injury information publicly available will “nudge” employers to focus more on safety. And, as we know, drawing more attention to safety will save the lives and limbs of workers, and will ultimately help the employer’s bottom line as well. OSHA also created this regulation that it will improve the accuracy of the data collected by ensuring that workers will not fear retaliation for reporting injuries or illnesses.
What you need to know:
Who: Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses.
If employers in State Plan states have questions about their obligation to submit injury and illness information, please contact your State Plan office.
What: Covered establishments must electronically submit information from their 2017 OSHA Form 300A.
When: In 2018, covered establishments must submit information from their completed 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, covered establishments must submit the information by March 2.
“An employer covered by a State Plan that has not completed adoption of a state rule must provide Form 300A data for Calendar Year 2017. Employers are required to submit their data by July 1, 2018. There will be no retroactive requirement for employers covered by State Plans that have not adopted a state rule to submit data for Calendar Year 2016.”
How: OSHA will provide a secure website that offers three options for data submission. First, users will be able to manually enter data into a web form. Second, users will be able to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time. Last, users of automated recordkeeping systems will have the ability to transmit data electronically via an API (application programming interface). We will provide status updates and related information here as it becomes available
Reach the ITA reporting database here- https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/index.html
Read more about OSHA’s reporting requirements – https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owastand.display_standard_group?p_toc_level=1&p_part_number=1904