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New OSHA website up and running for submitting electronic injury and illness reports

The long-anticipated website launched by OSHA for publication of electronic injury and illness reports is officially open for business. The website was promised as part of a final rule that took effect January 1 of this year, establishing new anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws to prevent employers from discouraging employees from reporting work-related injuries and illness.

The new electronic portal requires that facilities with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records electronically submit information from OSHA Forms:

  • 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses)
  • 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses)
  • 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report)

Covered facilities with 20-249 employees must electronically submit information to the portal from OSHA Form 300A. The deadline for submitting information from facilities’ 2016 Form 300A was extended from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017 in a proposed rule published earlier this year, with comments due in mid-July. A final rule establishing the new deadline is expected soon.

The portal offers three options for submission. Users may:

  1. Manually enter data into a web form;
  2. Upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time; or
  3. Transmit data electronically via an application programming interface, if using automated recordkeeping systems.

Electronic submission via the newly available portal took effect January 1, 2017.