OSHA Proposes Delay to Electronic Reporting
- The rule requires OSHA to create and provide a secure website to transmit electronic information.
- Under the rule, OSHA will publicize the information received from the electronic reports.
- The final rule has met significant opposition and its validity is currently being challenged in federal court.
- May 16, 2017: OSHA indicates its reporting website will not be ready to receive the first reports by the July 1, 2017 deadline.
- Dec. 1, 2017: OSHA’s new proposed deadline for first electronic reporting.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) electronic reporting rule requires certain establishments to report information electronically from their OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301. The rule also requires OSHA to create a website that can be used to submit the required information. Under the rule, the first reports are due by July 1, 2017.
However, on a recent update to its recordkeeping webpage, OSHA indicated it will not be ready to receive electronic workplace injury and illness reports by July 1 and has proposed Dec. 1, 2017 as the new deadline.
OSHA has not officially delayed the July 1, 2017, deadline, but its website will not be ready to receive electronic reports from employers by this time and has proposed a new Dec. 1, 2017 deadline.
Affected establishments should continue to record and report workplace injuries as required by law and should monitor these developments to learn when a new reporting deadline is officially adopted.