Keep Accurate Track of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

Amendments to OSHA requirements go into effect Feb. 25.

January 31, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - To protect worker privacy, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is amending its recordkeeping regulation, according to an announcement in the Federal Register.

As of Feb. 25, OSHA is rescinding the requirement for businesses with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301. Instead, these businesses will be required to maintain those records on-site, and OSHA will continue to obtain them as needed through inspections and enforcement actions.

In addition to the reporting required after severe injuries, businesses will continue to submit information from their Form 300A. In addition, 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 use of the data and may help reduce duplicative employer reporting.

Nothing in the final rule revokes an employer’s duty to maintain OSHA Forms 300 and 301 for OSHA inspection. These actions will allow OSHA to improve enforcement targeting and compliance assistance and decrease the burden on employers, while protecting worker privacy and safety.