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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 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 Dec. 1, 2017.

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

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

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 Because the electronic reporting rule has not been revoked, employers affected by the rule should continue to record and report workplace injuries as required by law.
For more information on OSHA’s electronic reporting rule or other upcoming standards, call us at (916) 380-5300.

Filed under: OSHA — Jillian Bender-Cormier @ 5:45 pm August 2, 2017