OSHA has issued a final rule that eliminates the requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) to OSHA each year. These establishments are still required to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). The public inspection version has been posted. The rule will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 25, 2019.
OSHA has determined that this rule will benefit worker privacy by preventing routine government collection of sensitive information, including descriptions of workers’ injuries and the body parts affected, thereby avoiding the risk that such information might be publicly disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act or through OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application. The rule does not alter an employer’s duty to maintain OSHA Forms 300 and 301 on-site, and OSHA will continue to obtain these forms as needed through inspections and enforcement actions.
OSHA is also amending the recordkeeping regulation to require covered employers to electronically submit their Employer Identification Number with their information from Form 300A. See the OSHA news release for more information.
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