OSHA Mandates That Certain Employers Report Accidents Electronically
Effective January 1, 2017, OSHA requires that establishments with 20 to 249 employees in certain high-risk industries, including construction, manufacturing and building material and supplies dealers, submit their injury and illness summary (Form 300A) data to it electronically. Their 2016 Form 300A must be submitted by July 1, 2017 and their 2017 Form 300A must be submitted by July 1, 2018. Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the record keeping regulation also must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. These same employers will be required to submit information from all 2017 forms (300A, 300 and 301) by July 1, 2018.
OSHA will provide a “secure” website that offers three options for data submission. First, users will be able to manually enter their accident and illness information into a “webform.” Second, users of automated record keeping systems will have the ability to transmit data electronically via an application programming interface (API). Lastly, users will be able to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time.
Notably, some of the data submitted will 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.