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OSHA Extends Deadline for Electronically Submitting Worker Injury and Illness Records

Authored by Robert J. Reinertson
Posted on May 18, 2017
Filed under Employment

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on May 17, 2017 that the deadline for employers with 250 and more employees to electronically submit information from their 2016 Form 300A to OSHA is being extended.  Under the electronic reporting rule that went into effect on January 1, 2017, the original deadline was to be July 1, 2017.

OSHA stated that it will announce the new deadline at a later date.  This is the notice currently on the OSHA website:

OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically. Updates will be posted to this webpage when they are available.

As of right now, the other electronic reporting deadlines remain intact:

  1. Employers with 250 or more employees:
    • Submit 2016 Form 300A by the new date to be announced by OSHA.
    •  Submit 2017 Forms 300A, 300, and 301 by July 1, 2018.
    • Thereafter, submit Forms 300A, 300, and 301 by March 2 of each year.
  2. Employers with 20 to 249 employees in Designated Industries (those industries listed in Appendix A to Subpart E of Part 1904 of the rule):
    • Submit 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017.
    • Submit 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018.
    • Thereafter, submit Form 300A by March 2 of each year.
  3. All other employers electronically submit reports to OSHA only upon notification from OSHA.

The electronic reporting rule is currently being challenged in federal court in Oklahoma.  National Association of Home Builders of the United States v. Perez, No. 5:17-CV-00009 (W.D. Okla.).