OSHA Issues Final Rule for Injury and Illness Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements

February 06, 2019
Publication
Inside HR
Safety & OSHA
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule, effective February 25, 2019, that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to OSHA each year.

    Key Takeaways

    • OSHA has not been accepting electronic information from OSHA Form 300 or 301 for the past two years, so this final rule simply confirms that it won’t be required going forward.
    • The final rule does not alter an employer’s duty to maintain OSHA Forms 300 and 301 on-site, and OSHA will continue to obtain these forms as needed through inspections and enforcement actions.
    • Covered employers must continue to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). 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 fall into this category. The deadline to submit through OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA) remains March 2. 
    • The final rule requires covered employers to electronically submit their Employer Identification Number (EIN) along with their information from Form 300A.
    • Employers in State Plan states with questions about their obligation to submit injury and illness information should contact their respective State Plan office.

    Source: CCH/Wolters Kluwer, Michael Hyatt, Director, HR Government Affairs, MRA – The Management Association