OSHA Reporting Rule Becomes Effective January 1, 2024.
July 25, 2023
On July 17, the United States Department of Labor published a final rule requiring some employers in designated high-hazard sectors to electronically transmit injury and sickness information that they are already obligated to preserve to the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The final rule takes effect on January 1, 2024, and now includes the following submission requirements:
- Establishments with 100 or more employees in certain high-hazard industries must electronically submit information from their Form 300-Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, and Form 301-Injury and Illness Incident Report to OSHA once a year. These submissions are in addition to submission of Form 300A-Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.
- To improve data quality, establishments are required to include their legal company name when making electronic submissions to OSHA from their injury and illness records.
OSHA will publish some of the data collected on its website so that employers, employees, potential employees, employee representatives, current and potential customers, researchers, and the general public can make informed decisions based on information about a company’s workplace safety and health record. OSHA thinks that making statistics available to the public will lead to a reduction in occupational injuries and illnesses.
“Congress intended for the Occupational Safety and Health Act to include reporting procedures that would provide the agency and the public with an understanding of the safety and health problems workers face, and this rule is a big step in finally realizing that objective,” explained Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker. “OSHA will use these data to intervene through strategic outreach and enforcement to reduce worker injuries and illnesses in high-hazard industries. The safety and health community will benefit from the insights this information will provide at the industry level, while workers and employers will be able to make more informed decisions about their workplace’s safety and health.”
The final rule maintains the current requirements for electronic submission of Form 300A information from establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-hazard industries and establishments with 250 or more employees in industries that must keep OSHA injury and illness records on a regular basis.
The statement follows the March 2022 release of proposed modifications to laws requiring particular establishments in certain high-hazard industries to electronically transmit information from their Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses and Injury and Illness Incident Report.