The OSHA 300A log summarizes all OSHA Recordable incidents that took place at each of your company’s locations during the previous year. The log must be signed and certified by a company executive and then posted in a common area for employees to view from February 1st through April 30th.
Safety professionals should also be aware that in May 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a final rule that may impact their recordkeeping going forward. This final rule was aimed at improving tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses around the country. Under the stipulations of this new ruling, employers – aside from those in select low-risk industries – must electronically submit data about incidents to OSHA for the agency to post this information on its website for the public. Prior to posting, OSHA stated it intends to remove any personal identifying information.
Why is this rule necessary?
OSHA released this rule as a way to encourage employers to focus on the safety of their workplaces. If these companies know that their injury and illness data could be made public on OSHA’s website, they may be more willing to be compliant with agency safety standards. As the data will be available online, any potential employee, company or person will have access this information to make more fully informed decisions.
“The rule takes effect Jan. 1, 2017.”
This data will also allow companies to identify hazards, prevent future injuries and illnesses and address any problems. To submit recordkeeping information, OSHA plans to offer three different submission options. The first allows employers to manually enter this data into OSHA’s system via an online form. Next, companies will be able to upload a file to fill in single or multiple sections at one time. Finally, OSHA plans that users will be able to transmit data electronically using an application programming interface.
When will this rule take effect?
According to OSHA, the rule takes effect Jan. 1, 2017. For organizations with 250 or more employees in certain industries, they must electronically submit data from their 2016 300A form by July 1, 2017. Meanwhile, this same group of companies will be required to submit information from all of their 2017 300A, 300 and 301 forms by July 1, 2018. After this time, the same recordkeeping data must be submitted by March 2.
For companies with 20 to 249 employees in high-risk industries, they must also submit data from their 2016 300A form by July 1, 2017. After 2019, these organizations will also be required to submit this data by March 2.
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