OSHA already requires most businesses to keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses through Form 300A — Summary of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses, Form 300 — Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses and Form 301 — Injury and Illness Incident Report. But now the agency has taken this a step further with a new recordkeeping and reporting rule designed to “modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards.”
The new rule, issued May 11, 2016, will require certain employers to send their injury and illness data to OSHA, who will then post the information on the agency’s website. Anyone can visit the public database for details on work injuries throughout the United States.
Be certain your workplace is committed to safety and complying with OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements.
The electronic submission requirements take effect January 1, 2017, but they will be phased in over two years as follows:
Why the new rule? OSHA hopes that by making injury information available publicly, employers will take workplace safety that much more seriously. The rule also supports accurate and complete reporting of work-related injuries and illnesses by encouraging employers to:
Be certain your workplace is committed to safety and complying with OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements. In preparation of the upcoming new rule, you should:
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