REMINDER: Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Reporting

Posted By: Sydni Dobson (deleted) SLMA News,

REMINDER: Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Reporting

The deadline for covered employers to electronically submit the 2018 OSHA Form 300A data is March 2, 2019. Employers my upload their 2018 Form 300A data and obtain additional information regarding the electronic reporting requirement at:

Background: As of January 1, 2015, all employers must report work-related fatalities to OSHA within eight hours of the incident resulting in the fatality and must report to OSHA all work-related in-patient hospitalizations that require care or treatment, all amputations, and all losses of an eye within twenty-four hours of the incident. 

On May 11, 2016, OSHA issued the final rule requiring employers to electronically submit injury and illness data on an annual basis. The final rule originally required establishments with 250 or more employees to annually submit the OSHA 300 Log, OSHA Form 300A, and OSHA Form 301 incident reports, while establishments with 20 to 249 employees in certain industries (such as manufacturing) are only required to submit the OSHA Form 300A. On January 24, 2019, OSHA eliminated the requirement that large employers submit their OSHA 300 Logs and OSHA Form 301 Incident Reports. Covered employers are still required to submit their OSHA Form 300A on an annual basis. Beginning in 2019, covered employers must submit the prior calendar year's OSHA Form 300A data to OSHA by March 2. 

The electronic reporting rule also expressly prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses. To that end, the rule requires employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries or illnesses without retaliation. (This notice requirement may be satisfied by posting the OSHA Job Safety and Health - It's The Law worker rights poster from April 2015 or later). In addition, the employer must ensure that its procedure for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses is reasonable and does not deter or discourage employees from reporting.