Here’s what you need to know about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) most recent delay of the implementation of their Improve Tracking of
Workplace Injuries and Illnesses requirements. For any questions about OSHA regulations and enforcement, contact an OSHA attorney at Cotney Construction Law.
December 15 is the New Date
In a statement on November 27, OSHA announced that it will delay their deadline for requiring employers to report employee injury and illness data via their electronic portal until December 15. The organization stated the reason for the delay was to give employers additional time to acquaint themselves with the web-based system. However, this not the first delay issued in regards to the rule.
The rule was initially slated for implementation on July 1, but was delayed until December 1 for the same reason. OSHA also stated that the move from June to December gave Trump administration officials an opportunity to review electronic reporting requirements. The web portal itself launched on August 1, even though companies weren’t yet required to used it.
Background on OSHA’ s Recordkeeping Rule
In May 2016, OSHA established the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses requirements for companies in “high risk” industries such as construction. The rule requires that companies with between 20-249 employees submit injury and illness data (captured with form 300A) electronically for 2017 by July 1, 2018. They are then required to report annually after March 2, 2019. The 300A forms may be submitted through the a web portal called the Injury Tracking Application.
More Changes Coming?
OSHA also announced that they will review various aspects of the Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule and will publish a notice announcing any changes in 2018.
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