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OSHA Suspends Rule Requiring Electronic Submissions of Injury and Illness Data

May 23, 2017

Many employers with more than 10 employees – including electrical contractors around the country – are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded.

The rule, which covered nearly 441,000 workplaces, took effect Jan. 1 and employers were obligated to send in their 300A summary data electronically by July 1. But, OSHA never launched the website for companies to submit the information, and it posted language Wednesday with an existing fact sheet saying it “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” to the agency.

OSHA spokeswoman Mandy Kraft said that the agency delayed the rule to address employers’ “concerns about meeting their reporting obligations” in time.

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Source, Washington Post 5/20/17