OSHA Record-keeping Changes – Updated 4/22/17

REVISED – OSHA Website on 4/22/2017:

Electronic Submission of Records: OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time. Updates will be posted to this webpage when they are available.   https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/

Every Construction Company with 20 or more employees is required to electronically submit their 2016 300A by July 1, 2017.

What does the rule require?
The new rule, which took effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms. Analysis of this data will enable OSHA to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources more efficiently. Some of the data will also be posted to the OSHA website. OSHA believes that public disclosure will encourage employers to improve workplace safety and provide valuable information to workers, job seekers, customers, researchers and the general public. The amount of data submitted will vary depending on the size of company and type of industry.

How will electronic submission work?
OSHA will provide a secure website that offers three options for data submission. First, users will be able to manually enter data into a webform. Second, users will be able to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time. Last, users of automated recordkeeping systems will have the ability to transmit data electronically via an API (application programming interface). The site is scheduled to go live in February 2017.