OSHA periodically updates its workplace injury reporting standards. The agency did just that in May 2016, publishing the “Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses,” which stipulated that certain employers had to electronically submit injury reports to the Department of Labor for public consumption. Additionally, the rule set out the same requirement for organizations in more than two dozen industries with historically high worker injury rates. The rule carried an effective date of Jan. 1, 2017 and an initial submission deadline of July 1.
In May of this year, OSHA postponed implementation with the intention of further studying the impact of the rule, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. On June 27, the agency restarted the rollout, extending the submission deadline to Dec. 15. Ideally, enterprises should know where they stand in regards to the rule. Those reckoning with the regulation last minute must take action now to prepare and submit in time to dodge potential financial penalties.
Understanding the basics
As mentioned above, the new OSHA injury reporting rules do not apply to all businesses. Firms with 250 or more workers are required to comply, along with those in sectors with higher-than-average injury rates. These industries include the agriculture, construction and manufacturing spaces, according to OSHA. Organizations that do not belong to any of these groups can continue with their existing reporting practices. However, those affected by the new regulations must prepare to electronically submit 2016 actionable injury data from OSHA form 300A.
Environmental health and safety stakeholders should submit this data using the web-based Injury Tracking Application, which debuted in July. According to EHS Today, the submission process consists of four steps:
- Create an establishment within the ITA.
- Add 300A summary information.
- Submit the raw injury data.
- Review the resulting confirmation email.
Taking extra steps
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