Effective January 1, 2017; certain employers are required to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record on paper and retain onsite. Electronic date will enable OSHA to quickly analyze injury data and use its enforcement and assistance resources more efficiently. The data will also be available to the public. OSHA believes that allowing for public disclosure on incident reporting will encourage employers to improve on workplace safety and provide invaluable information for job seekers, customers and the general public.
The reporting requirement will be phased in over two years. The timeline depends on the number of employees, but generally speaking employers must submit information from 2016 on form 300A by July 1, 2017. The same employers will need to submit Information from 2017 using forms 300A, 300, and 301 by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and thereafter all information must be submitted by March 2.
You can view which establishments are effected by the new reporting rule by clicking here.