OSHA proposes to delay e-reporting date until December 1
By: Tricia Hodkiewicz
Publication: Compliance Focus Newsletter
Date Posted: 06/27/2017
In the June 28 Federal Register, OSHA intends to propose a rule to delay the compliance date for employers to submit their injury and illness data electronically to the agency. OSHA’s May 12, 2016, final rule titled, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, required employers to submit data from their 300-A Summaries electronically to OSHA by July 1, 2017.
However, the new proposed rule would extend the initial submission deadline for 2016 Form 300A data to Dec. 1, 2017. OSHA explains this will give the agency time to review the electronic reporting requirements before their implementation and allow affected employers sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system. The proposed five-month delay will be effective upon publication of an upcoming final rule in the Federal Register.
The web portal for employers to submit their data is not yet available. According to OSHA, the web portal should available on Aug. 1, 2017.
In addition, OSHA says it plans to issue a separate proposed rule to reconsider, revise, or remove other provisions of the Improve Tracking final rule. The agency will seek comment on those provisions in the separate proposal.
OSHA will accept comments for 15 days on the June 28 proposed rule to delay the electronic reporting date.
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