OSHA seeking to limit injury records employers must submit electronically

Source: Safetylawmatters.com by Avi Meyerstein

OSHA has begun rulemaking efforts that could limit how much injury and illness information employers must submit electronically under a 2016 rule. Under the proposed changes, employers would only have to submit to OSHA the annual summary of injuries and illnesses, rather than also submitting logs and reports detailing each incident.

In the recent Spring 2018 Regulatory Agenda, OSHA said that it “proposes to amend its recordkeeping regulation to remove the requirement” for employers with 250 or more employees to submit Forms 300 (injury and illness log) and 301 (incident reports). “Under the proposed rule, these establishments would be required to electronically submit only information from the OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).”

OSHA will also ask for comments about “the costs and benefits of adding the Employer Identification Number (EIN) to the data collection.” OSHA may do so to better match OSHA-collected data with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and to “potentially reduce the burden on employers who are required to report injury and illness data” to both agencies.

On May 23rd, OSHA sent this proposal to the Office of Management and Budgetfor review. OSHA hopes to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as early as July 2018.

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