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Department of Labor Proposes Rule to Better Protect Personally Identifiable Information

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular individual by removing provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule. OSHA believes this proposal maintains safety and health protections for workers, protects privacy and reduces the burdens of complying with the current rule.

The proposed rule eliminates the requirement to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 30 (log of work-related injuries and illnesses), and OSHA form 301 (injury and illness incident report) for establishment with 250 or more employees that are currently required to maintain injury and illness records. These establishments would be required to electronically submit information only from OSHA Form 300A (summary of work-related injuries and illnesses).

Under the current recordkeeping rule, the deadline for electronic submissions of Calendar Year (CY) 2017 information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301 was July 1st, 2018. In subsequent years, the deadline is March 2nd. OSHA is not currently accepting the Form 300 and 301 data and will not enforce the deadlines for these two forms without further notice while this rulemaking is underway. The electronic portal collection Form 300A data is accepting CY 2017 data, although submissions after July 1st will be marked late.

For more information on this rule, please visit here.

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