Since many of our clients work in what OSHA considers high-risk industries, we wanted to issue a quick reminder about OSHA’s final Form 300 rule and the accompanying deadlines.
OSHA’s Form 300 for 2016 data: Log of Work-Related Injury and Illness data was due at the end of 2017. This was the first time that most employers were obligated to submit electronic injury and illness data to OSHA on an annual basis. Affected employers included all companies with 250 or more employees as well as companies in specified high-risk industries who have 20 or more employees. For more information regarding the final rule and affected industries check out: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/finalrule/
The next step in the annual reporting process is for employers to publicly post Form 300A: Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. The timeframe in which employers must post this data is from February 1st to April 30th, 2017. It needs to be posted in a public space where employees would routinely look for announcements. Form 300A includes information regarding the total number of deaths, total days away from work, total number of injuries, and illness types. Even if there have been no workplace-related injuries or illnesses, it is still mandatory for employees to post Form 300A. It is also important to note that employees, former employees, and their representatives have the right to review OSHA Form 300 in its entirety and have limited access to OSHA Form 301 – Injury and Illness Incident Report.
Employers will be required to submit their 2017 data online by July 1st, 2018 through the injury tracking application.