The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) electronic submission deadline is rapidly approaching. Are you ready?

This is the first year certain employers must electronically submit their OSHA injury and illness data for posting on the OSHA website. Prior to this, little to no data was made public about worker injuries and illnesses. OSHA is hoping that by making this information available, employers will be encouraged to focus on safety for their employees.

What is OSHA?

Formed under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA enforces and regulates laws, standards and requirements surrounding workplace safety in order to ensure a safe and hazard free environment for all. By providing resources and training OSHA focuses on preventive and control measures which aim to minimize risks and injury to employees in the workplace. The majority of private sector businesses and their employees are regulated by Federal or State OSHA programs.

Which businesses fall under OSHA’s new electronic reporting regulations and what do they need to submit?

Establishments with 20+ employees in specific industries* are required to electronically submit OSHA Form 300A. Establishments employing 250 or more employees are required to electronically submit OSHA Form 300, 300A, and 301.

When is it due?

Initially OSHA required this data to be electronically submitted by July 1, 2017, however, the deadline has been extended to December 1, 2017. This extension will give the OSHA Administration additional time to review the reporting requirements while also providing those affected ample time to acquaint themselves with the new system.

Remember, all of these forms must be kept on file for five years after the year in which they pertain.