OSHA’s Final Rule Issued to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA’s Final Rule Issued to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

You may want to review OSHA’s final rule § 1904.35 to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses with your clients. OSHA intends for this rule to improve workplace safety and the reporting of accidents and injuries.

The provisions become effective August 10th, 2016 but OSHA has delayed enforcement of the provisions until November 1, 2016 in order to provide outreach to the community.

Effective November 1, 2016, part one of this rule:

  •          Requires employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation;Clarifies the existing requirement for employers to have a procedure for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses that is reasonable and does not deter or discourage employees from reporting; and
  •          Incorporates the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.

Part two of the new rule covers electronic reporting (scanning) of the OSHA 300 log, 300A and 301. It becomes effective January 1, 2017, but reporting requirements will be phased in over two years:

1.     Establishments with 250 or more employees must begin submitting information from Form 300A by July 1, 2017, and must submit information from all forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.

2.     Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries, must begin submitting information from Form 300A by July 1, 2017, and again by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.

To learn more about OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements, visit https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html