OSHA Proposes Extension of Deadline for Certain Employers to Electronically File Injury and Illness Data

Employers scrambling to comply with the July 1, 2017, deadline for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new electronic submission requirements may have additional time before they are required to electronically file injury and illness data, but exactly how much additional time has yet to be decided.

In January 2017, OSHA’s final electronic submission rule became effective, requiring certain employers to electronically file injury and illness data by July 1, 2017. OSHA proposed the change in reporting requirements, in part, to enable it to “use its enforcement and compliance assistant resources more efficiently.” The rule has faced widespread criticism, and many have questioned how employers can be expected to comply with the new reporting requirements, particularly when OSHA itself appears unable to launch a website capable of accepting those submissions.

On May 17, OSHA posted a notice on its website stating that the agency “is not accepting electronic submission 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 from their completed 2016 form 300A electronically.” OSHA’s notice does not indicate how long of a delay the agency intends to seek or if it will have any impact on the rule’s anti-retaliation provisions.

If you have questions about OSHA’s new electronic filing requirements, contact your MSEC representative.