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New OSHA Electronic Reporting Requirement

A new workplace injury reporting rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will directly affect a number of contractors. The new rule requires many employers to electronically submit information about workplace injuries and illnesses to an OSHA-operated website — and the deadline for the first submission is only a few months away.

Under the new rule, businesses with 20 or more employees in certain industries, including construction, must submit information from their OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) to a designated OSHA website. The deadline for submitting the 2016 summary is July 1, 2017. Beginning in 2019, the submission deadline will move forward to March 2.

In addition, starting in 2018, all businesses with 250 or more employees will also be required to submit information from their OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and individual injury and illness incident report forms (Form 301).

OSHA electronic reporting

OSHA says it eventually plans to post each reporting establishment’s specific injury and illness data online, although it pledges to remove any personally identifiable information. In announcing the plan, the agency said it believes that “making injury information publicly available will ‘nudge’ employers to focus on safety.”

You can manually enter the required data into a web form on the OSHA website, or you can choose to upload CSV-formatted files or submit the data automatically from your own systems. You’ll find more information about the recordkeeping and submission requirements [here]

The new electronic reporting requirement is part of a package of new OSHA recordkeeping, reporting and anti-retaliatory rules that went into effect recently. We’ll explore other elements of the package in future issues of our News Briefs.

For more information on Sansiveri’s Construction and Related Services Group and how we can assist your company, please contact Jason DaPonte, CPA, CIT, CCIFP at 401-752-0558.