Preparing for electronic OSHA log submission

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently in the middle of determining whether it is going to change OSHA reporting requirements so that companies will have to submit their 300 and 300A forms electronically.

UPDATE: In May of 2016 OSHA issued the final ruling for electronic submission, effective January 1 2017.┬áThe agency hasn’t implemented this program yet, and is currently planing on extending the original submission deadline. Barring any unexpected changes in its plans will still likely be something that you’ll have to do in the future.

Of course, if you already fill out these forms every year before the agency’s February 1 deadline, then submitting them electronically isn’t going to dramatically change your workflow. The process is expected to only take a few minutes, and if you use IndustrySafe to record all your injury data, then sending it in to the OSHA website will be a piece of cake as it is already prepared for electronic submission with the 5.11 update.

But if you’ve never completed a Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, now is definitely the time to start. When OSHA formally implements the electronic submission rule change, you’ll no longer be able to get away with not having a 300 form on file for the last five years. The agency will know when it hasn’t been submitted, and this could eventually lead to a financial penalty.

Instead of waiting for the change of policy, it’s a good idea to start recording all your incidents digitally as soon as possible. With the OSHA deadline just a few days away, you’ll want to make sure your firm is in compliance with their regulations, even if you don’t expect to receive an inspection in the near future. You can streamline your recordkeeping by using IndustrySafe to record all injuries and illnesses in your workplace, then compile and process this information for February 1.