A new final rule from OSHA will require certain employers in designated high-hazard industries to electronically submit injury and illness information — data they are already required to maintain — to the agency.
The final rule takes effect Jan. 1, 2024, and includes these submission requirements:
- Establishments with 100 or more employees in certain high-hazard industries must electronically submit information from their Form 300 (log of work-related injuries and illnesses) and Form 301 (injury and illness incident report) to OSHA once a year. These submissions are in addition to submission of Form 300A (summary of work-related injuries and illnesses).
- Employers must include their legal company name when making these electronic submissions.
- The final rule retains the current requirements for electronic submission of information from Form 300A from establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-hazard industries and from establishments with 250 or more employees in industries that must routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records.
According to OSHA, it will publish some of the data collected on its website to allow employers, employees, potential employees, employee representatives, current and potential customers, researchers and the general public to use information about a company’s workplace safety and health record to make informed decisions.
“Congress intended for the Occupational Safety and Health Act to include reporting procedures that would provide the agency and the public with an understanding of the safety and health problems workers face, and this rule is a big step in finally realizing that objective,” says Doug Parker, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker. “OSHA will use these data to intervene through strategic outreach and enforcement to reduce worker injuries and illnesses in high-hazard industries. The safety and health community will benefit from the insights this information will provide at the industry level, while workers and employers will be able to make more informed decisions about their workplace’s safety and health.”
Learn more about OSHA and its injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements.