Employers can now begin to electronically report their Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Form 300A data to OSHA. All covered establishments must submit the information by July 1, 2018. Remember, not all establishments are covered by this requirement. To review which establishments need to provide their 2017 data, click here.
Covered establishments with 250 or more employees are only required to provide their 2017 Form 300A summary data. OSHA is not accepting Form 300 and 301 information at this time. Employers can view their submitted CY 2016 Form 300A summary information, but they cannot edit or submit additional 2016 data on this website. According to the OSHA website, the agency is currently drafting a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to reconsider, revise, or remove provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” final rule.
State Plans that have not adopted the rule
While most states have adopted the federal requirements, there are six states that have not or are delaying enforcement: California, Maryland, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. On April 30, 2018 OSHA issued a press release instructing employers to submit 300A data even if they are in a state that has not adopted the rule. There has been a mixed reaction from the states, but it is generally agreed that Fed OSHA does not have any authority over State Plan employers (only State Plans) and that the remedy for delinquent State Plans is rescinding the approved state plan status, which few expect to happen.
Here is a summary of the responses:
- California: advised employers to submit 300A data on fed OSHA’s ITA portal
- Maryland: not requiring employers to submit
- Minnesota: adopted regulations became effective on May 21, 2018
- South Carolina: Legislature formally adopted Federal regulation effective May 25, 2018, but are giving employers 6 months to comply (effective date will be November 25, 2018)
- Utah: instructed employers they may submit 300A data but are not required
- Wyoming: issued statement confirming rule does not apply to WY employers
- Washington: issued statement that employers are “still not required to electronically submit data”
Employers in these states may want to adopt a wait and see approach to see what course of action the state in which they operate adopts or how Fed OSHA proceeds on enforcement.
The anti-retaliation provisions of the rule, which became effective December 1, 2016, remain in effect. Essentially, this prohibits employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury or illness. Employers must inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation, which can be satisfied by posting the OSHA workplace poster. An employer’s procedure for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses must be reasonable and not deter or discourage employees from reporting, and the regulation specifically addresses internal injury reporting policies, post-injury drug testing, and safety incentive and compensation programs.
What employers should do
- Assess whether your establishment meets the reporting criteria
- Provide refresher training on the requirements
- Before submitting, audit injury and illness recordkeeping forms
- Be sure the latest version of the OSHA Rights poster is posted
- Evaluate injury reporting policies, drug testing policies, and safety incentive and management compensation plans to ensure they do not discourage reporting of injuries
- If in a state where the rule has not been adopted, stay abreast of both state and federal actions
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