OSHA issues final rule on electronic reporting of injury, illness data

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in late January issued a final rule determining that collecting sensitive worker injury data through Forms 300 and 301 would subject the information to a meaningful risk of public disclosure.

OSHA therefore has moved to rescind the requirement for certain employers to electronically submit such information. However, employers must still maintain injury and illness records onsite.

The final rule repeals the requirement that employers with 250 or more employees electronically submit data. Despite the revision, there are still some reporting requirements.

Employers with 20 or more employees in certain industries and employers with 250 or more employees are still required to submit data from OSHA Form 300A annually; this includes most public power utilities.

The final rule also now requires that employers submit their employer identification number along with their injury and illness data submissions. The compliance date for employers to submit their employer identification number is March 2, 2020.

The deadline to electronically submit OSHA Form 300A data for calendar year 2018 is March 2, 2019.

Employers are required to submit data through OSHA's ITA portal.