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OSHA Launches E-Filing for Mandatory Injury and Illness Reports

On August 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) electronic portal, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), will go live for employers to file their reports of workplace illnesses and injuries.  OSHA’s electronic record-keeping rule, which applies to companies with 250 employees or more, requires employers to submit electronically the OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses); OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses); and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report).

Employers with 20 – 249 employees in industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses must electronically submit the information from the OSHA Form 300A.  These industries include construction; utilities; equipment rentals; and commercial machinery repair and maintenance, among others.

Employers have three options for submitting their 300A data electronically: manually entered into a web form; uploading a CSV file; or by transmitting data electronically with an application programming interface.

Relatedly, in late June, OSHA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to extend the deadline for employers to submit electronically their 2016 Form 300A from July 1, 2017, to December 1, 2017, to permit sufficient time for employers to learn the new electronic filing system.

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