Behavioral economics tells us that making injury information publicly available will “nudge” employers to focus on safety. This regulation will also improve the accuracy of this data by ensuring that workers will not fear retaliation for reporting injuries or illnesses.
The new rule, effective January 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data to OSHA that they are already required to record on their OSHA injury and illness forms, as follows:
– Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the record keeping regulation must submit information from their 2016 Forms 300A by July 1, 2017. These same employers will be required to submit information from all 2017 forms (300A, and 301) by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019, the information must be submitted by March 2nd.
– Establishments with fewer than 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries must submit information from their 2016 Forms 300A by July 1, 2017, and their 2017 Forms 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019, the information must be submitted by March 2nd.
– Establishments with fewer than 20 employees at all time during the year do not have to routinely submit information electronically to OSHA. However, employers with more than 10 employees and whose establishments are not classified as partially exempt industry must otherwise comply with applicable OSHA record keeping provisions.
To read more about the final rule, click here.