OSHA will accept 2016 injury reports through December 31, 2017

Employers required to submit electronic injury and illness reports to OSHA for 2016 will have until December 31, 2017 to do so through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA).

According to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration press release, the agency “will not take enforcement action against those employers who submit their reports after the December 15, 2017, deadline but before (the) December 31, 2017, final entry date. Starting January 1, 2018, the ITA will no longer accept the 2016 data.”

The additional submittal time for 2016 records follows a turbulent start to OSHA’s electronic recordkeeping measure. OSHA began accepting electronic records in August, but soon shut down the ITA following a security breach. The ITA was relaunched shortly thereafter. In November, OSHA pushed the deadline to submit from December 1st to the 15th in November to allow more time for employers to familiarize themselves with the new technology.

Recordable injury and illness data is already required to be collected by employers via the OSHA 300 logs. The new electronic submission format is intended to improve workplace safety while also allowing researchers a pathway to more easily examine and identify new workplace hazards.

Many companies, but not all, are required to comply with this standard. Businesses with 250 or more employees must electronically submit information from the OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301. Businesses with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk injuries must submit data from OSHA Form 300A. Certain states have OSHA-approved State Plans that have not, as of yet, adopted the requirement to submit electronic OSHA injury and illness reports. Businesses in these states — California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming — are not currently required to submit electronic data to OSHA through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA).