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New OSHA 300 Rules & Public Disclosure

OSHA has updated the rule that pertains to the reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses. The new rule requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data beginning in 2017.

This information will be publicly available on the OSHA website. The goal of the rule is to encourage employers to better identify hazards, address safety issues, and prevent future injuries and illnesses.

New Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements

Employers  with  250  or  more  employees in industries covered by the record-keeping regulation must electronically submit their OSHA 300A form for the year 2016   (Effective July 1, 2017)

  •  These employers must electronically submit their OSHA 300A, OSHA 300 and 301 forms for (Effective July 1, 2018)
  •  Beginning in 2019 (and every year thereafter) these employers must submit their OSHA 300A, OSHA 300, and 301 forms (for 2018) by March

Employers with 20-249 employees in high-hazard industries must electronically submit their OSHA 300A form for the year 2016 (Effective July 1, 2017)

  •  These employers must electronically submit their OSHA 300A information for 2017 (Effective July 1, 2018)
  •  Beginning in 2019 (and every year thereafter) these employers must submit their OSHA 300A information (for 2018) by March

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OSHA State Plan states must adopt and enforce these requirements (or substantially identical requirements) within 6 months after the publication of the final rule.

New Anti-Retaliation Protection

Prohibits employers from retaliation against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses. (Effective November 1, 2016)

New OSHA Fines

VIOLATION TYPE CURRENT MAXIMUM NEW MAXIMUM
Other-than-serious posting requirements $7,000 / violation $12,471 / violation
Failure to abate $7,000 / day beyond abatement date $12,471 / violation
Willful or repeated $70,000 / violation $124,709 / violation

 

If an OSHA inspection occurs and your organization is required to keep an OSHA 300 log, you will need to present a copy during the inspection or within 4 hours of OSHA’s request for the log.

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