Workplace Injury Recordkeeping: New Rules

The long-debated rule requiring employers to annually submit their injury data to OSHA has become a reality. In the past, injury data was kept internal to a company unless OSHA or DOL requested that information. But no more!

The 2016 injury data for nearly every employer in the U.S. must be sent electronically to OSHA by July 1, 2017. For 2016, the only form employers must send OSHA is the 300A Summary. But starting with calendar year 2017, ALL injury data forms must be sent to OSHA. This includes the OSHA 300 Log (which contains the names of injured employees), the 300A Summary, and the 301 Incident Investigation form (which includes details of the incident, medical treatment received, the injury cause, and what the employer is doing to prevent similar incidents in the future).

As if this is not enough, OSHA will make much of this data available to the public. Beginning next year, your “dirty laundry” about injuries in your workplace (employee names will NOT be made public) will be posted for anyone and everyone to see on the OSHA website.

The rule also prohibits employers from discouraging workers from reporting an injury or illness:

  • Requires employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation.
  • Employer’s procedure for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses must be reasonable and not deter or discourage employees from reporting.
  • Prohibits retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.

It’s a new day, folks. If you have not been able to think of a good enough reason to reduce the number of injuries in your workplace, perhaps this new rule will light a fire.

Want to learn more about the new rule on electronic reporting of injury data to OSHA, as well as other information about OSHA injury reporting requrements? Sign up for this audio conference! http://www.theindustrycalendar.com/showWCDetails.asp…

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