Deadline Extension Likely
In 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule which was intended to improve the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. One of the provisions was to require certain employers to submit injury and illness information to OSHA electronically beginning July 1, 2017. In mid-May, OSHA announced that it is requesting an extension of the July 1, 2017 date; however a new deadline has not yet been proposed.
The update on OSHA’s website states:
OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically. Updates will be posted to this webpage when they are available.
For now we recommend employers continue tracking injuries and illnesses and maintaining logs as previously required. We will update you of any changes to the Final Rule or dates for required compliance.