Last year, Federal OSHA began requiring certain employers to electronically submit data from their OSHA 300A forms. The 300A is a year-end summary of all recordable, work-related injuries and illnesses that occurred at a given establishment in a calendar year. Most employers are required to maintain this form. OSHA had planned to use this data for multiple purposes, including targeting employers with higher-than average injury rates.
You can read more about the electronic submission requirements here, and elsewhere on my blog. Employers covered by the requirement were required to have been in compliance earlier this year.
In a press release last week, OSHA announced plans to begin targeting employers based on the results they submitted, but as part of the same effort, to begin inspections of employers which OSHA believes should have provided 300A data, but did not for the CY 2016. For CY 2016, OSHA required employers to electronically submit Form 300A data by December 15, 2017. The CY 2017 deadline was July 1, 2018; however, employers may still provide this information to the database on the OSHA website.
Going forward, establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in specific industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses will be required to provide this information each year by March 2. Keep in mind that Minnesota will require ALL employers with 20 or more employers at any single establishment to submit records, regardless of industry.