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OSHA Proposes New Deadline for Electronic Reporting Rule

In 2016, OSHA issued a final rule that requires certain employers to submit data from their injury and illness records (forms 300, 300A and 301) electronically so it can be posted on the agency’s website. Although the rule initially required affected employers to submit this data by July 1, 2017, OSHA recently proposed a new deadline of December 1, 2017.  Today simply not participating is not an option, this is a rule that is REQUIRED, let us help you follow this new mandate.

The proposed deadline is the result of a delay to the Injury Tracking Application, the online tool that OSHA will use to collect data. The Injury Tracking Application will be ready to receive electronic reports on August 1, 2017, and employers will be able to use it to submit data in one of three ways:

  1. Enter data into the tool manually.
  2. Upload a basic comma separated value file for one or more establishments.
  3. Transmit data from automated recordkeeping systems using an application programming interface.

Clients of Insurance Associates have the benefit of using their Insurance Associates LIVE! Portal to log all of their OSHA incidents.  You simply log them into the OSHA log within the portal and then click for your electronic submission of your summary log (Form 300A.)  This will download into the CSV file that is required from OSHA.  At this point you just upload this onto the OSHA website.  The IA LIVE! Portal will give you all the instructions you need as you go through the process.  It could not be easier to be in compliance!

OSHA also stated that it intends to issue a separate proposal to reconsider, revise or remove other provisions of the electronic reporting rule at a later date, but did not give further details.  Because the electronic reporting rule has not been revoked, employers affected by the rule should continue to record and report workplace injuries as required by law. Any questions on this matter please feel free to reach out to me directly.

Michael Howell, CPCU
Senior Vice President
703.352.6482
mhowell@insassoc.com

 

Information about the Author:  Mike began his career as a Marketing Representative for The Hartford Insurance Group in 1980.  Mike joined Insurance Associates in 1985, and currently serves as an Account Manager with a specialization in handling large construction accounts on loss sensitive programs.  He received one of the industry’s most recognized designations, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, in 1990.  Mike graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and was a four year starter on the baseball team where he earned MVP honors in his senior year.  He is an avid golfer and enjoys competing in local amateur tournaments.

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