Can you explain OSHA’s new electronic recordkeeping rules?
OSHA’s new recordkeeping rule goes into effect January 1, 2017. The rules require certain employers to not only continue to maintain the logs they have in the past but to now submit their injury and illness data electronically to OSHA. The amount of data you are required to submit will depend on the size of your company and the type of industry you are in. For many employers the new rule means that the OSHA summary (300A) for 2016 will need to be posted by 2/1/2017 but it also must be submitted electronically by July 1, 2017.
For example, employers with 250 or more employees must submit the information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. Subsequently, 2017 forms will be due by July 1, 2018 but starting in 2019 and thereafter, the information is due by March 2.
The site is not yet ‘live’ so it is hard to say how it will work. The OSHA website provides additional information.
Some are asking why? According to Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, “Our new rule will ‘nudge’ employers to prevent work injuries to show investors, job seekers, customers and the public they operate safe and well-managed facilities. Access to injury data will also help OSHA better target compliance assistance and enforcement resources, and enable ‘big data’ researchers to apply their skills to making workplaces safer.”
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