Effective May 13th, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards.
Under the new rule, all establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the record keeping regulation must electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness information from OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301.
Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain industries must electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A only.
The new requirements take effect Aug. 10, 2016, with phased in data submissions beginning in 2017. These requirements do not add to or change an employer’s obligation to complete and retain injury and illness records under the OSHA regulations.
Using data collected under the new rule, OSHA will create the largest publicly available data set on work injuries and illnesses, enabling researchers to better study injury causation, identify new workplace safety hazards before they become widespread and evaluate the effectiveness of injury and illness prevention activities. According to the rule, OSHA will remove all personally identifiable information associated with the data before it is publicly accessible.
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