*As of December 5, 2017, OSHA has again delayed the deadline to December 15, 2017.
It was just a few months ago that we first reported on OSHA’s final rule for improving the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. As you may recall, this rule required that employers record workers’ injuries and illnesses electronically.
While the rule went into effect in January of this year, the deadline for compliance was originally July 1, 2017. OSHA, however, has proposed a delay that pushes back this electronic submission deadline to December 1, 2017.
Let’s take a closer look at the details of this 300A submission delay and what it means for your organization.
Why the Compliance Date For 300A Submission is Delayed
Several factors triggered the decision to delay the compliance date for 300A submission.
One reason is that it gives OSHA further time to review electronic reporting requirements and policies before fully implementing the system. This will help ensure that it aligns with relative laws, while also pointing out any potential glitches or missing elements.
Another reason is that it gives affected entities more time to familiarize themselves with the layout of the electronic reporting system and how it all works. That way when it’s time for them to submit their 2016 Form 300A, they can do so with accuracy and ease.
Who is Affected by the Delay
The delay applies to same the entities that were originally set to submit information by the July deadline. This includes establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the requirements.
It also includes establishments in certain high-risk industries that have between 20 and 249 employees. As noted by OSHA, such high-risk industries include utilities, construction, grocery stores and department stores.
The Updated Timeline
OSHA’s original intention was to launch the electronic reporting system in February 2017. This would have given the above entities a four-month window to submit their data.
With the updated compliance date, employers still will have the same four-month window to submit their data electronically.
Where to Go For Information
You can find the OSHA proposed rule for the compliance date delay on its website. This proposal provides more details about the revised plan, including the costs savings associated with it.
To prepare for the new OSHA compliance rule, companies need to have the right tools in place to stay organized. BasicSafe’s Incident Investigation and Reporting Module streamlines the process for generating and storing OSHA forms like the 300A. Employers can then easily look up these forms when they need to submit them electronically — an approach that saves both time and money.
With the right safety management software, you can accurately and efficiently track your workplace injuries and illnesses. Download a free copy of our eBook, “Why You’re At Risk Without a Safety Management System,” to learn more.