OSHA Rescinds Substantial Portion of Injury Electronic Reporting Requirement

January 28, 2019

Under pressure from business organizations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule rescinding the requirement for workplaces with 250 or more employees to electronically submit data from their OSHA 300 and 301 forms. The two forms required employers to classify work-related injuries and to record specific details about what happened and how it happened. Employers are still required to electronically submit the more general Form 300A summary data on workplace injuries and illnesses. Additionally, under the new rule, employers will now be required to include their Employer Identification Number with that submission to make the information more useful to not only OSHA but also the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The rule will take effect on February 25, 2019.