SEMA eNews Vol. 22, No. 5, January 31, 2019

OSHA Amends Rule for Tracking Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will no longer require companies with 250 or more employees to electronically submit OSHA Forms 300 and 301, which track employee injuries and illnesses at their establishments. The filing requirement had taken effect on July 1, 2018. Companies are still required to record and maintain the information for five years. Companies must still make the information available to OSHA through inspections and enforcement actions, but the agency cited worker privacy as an issue for not requiring electronic submission.

As background, OSHA requires employers with more than 10 employees in most industries to keep records of occupational injuries and illnesses. The information is recorded on Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) with a supplemental Form 301 if providing additional details about the injury or illness. At the end of each year, employers are required to complete OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and post the form in a visible location in the workplace. Companies are still required to file Form 300A with OSHA. Moreover, OSHA is amending the recordkeeping regulation to require covered employers to submit their Employer Identification Number (EIN) electronically along with their injury and illness data submission, which will facilitate OSHA’s use of the data and may help reduce duplicative employer reporting.

For more information, click on the following links from OSHA’s website:

Questions? Contact Stuart Gosswein at stuartg@sema.org.

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