OSHA proposes new rule to require employers to electronically submit data on serious workplace injuries and illnesses

Joan Fletcher Iowa Employment & Labor Law Dickinson Law Firm Des Moines Iowa

Posted on 11/11/2013 at 02:43 PM by Joan Fletcher

On November 7, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a proposed rule that would require employers to electronically submit data on serious workplace injuries and illness to OSHA. The rule would not add new requirements for record keeping, or change employers’ obligations to create and retain workplace injury and illness records (Forms 300, 300A and 301). However, employers with 250 or more employees in the previous year will be required to electronically report to OSHA, on a quarterly basis, the data on serious workplace injuries and illnesses that the employers already collect. Employers with 20 or more employees will be required to electronically report the annual summary data (Form 300A) that such employers currently prepare. OSHA proposes to make the data publicly available on line (with workers’ personally identifiable information removed). The data will allow OSHA to more easily identify employers it believes merit safety inspections. Iowa is one of 25 States with an OSHA approved State program. Because such State Plans must be at least as effective as Federal OSHA, Iowa employers should expect to be subject to the requirements of the proposed new rule, if it is adopted. The public has 90 days, through February 6, 2014, in which to submit written comments on the proposed rule.  

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