The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing amendments to its occupational injury and illness recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904.41). Under the current regulation, certain employers are required to electronically submit injury and illness information to OSHA. The agency uses these reports to identify and respond to emerging hazards and makes aspects of the reported information publicly available.
The new proposed rule would require certain establishments in certain high-hazard industries to electronically submit additional information from their Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, as well as their Injury and Illness Incident Report. According to OSHA, the rule would improve the agency’s ability to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources to identify workplaces where workers are at high risk. Additionally, the agency said the proposed rule would advance the department’s mission to empower workers by increasing transparency to the workforce.
Specifically, the proposed rule would require establishments with 100 or more employees in certain high-hazard industries to electronically submit information from their OSHA Forms 300, 301, and 300A to OSHA once a year. The rule would update the classification system used to determine the list of industries covered by the electronic submission request and remove the current requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees not in a designated industry to electronically submit information from their Form 300A to OSHA annually.
Under the proposed rule, establishments with 20 or more employees in certain high-hazard industries would be required to electronically submit information from their OSHA Form 300A annual summary to OSHA annually.