update osha

One month after the initial deadline for employers to electronically submit their 2016 injury and illness records online, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will finally launch the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) on Aug. 1, 2017.  This Web-based form allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. The application will be accessible from the ITA webpage.

Last month, OSHA published a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the deadline for submitting the information from July 1, to Dec. 1, 2017, to allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system, and to provide the new administration an opportunity to review the new electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation. 

Oregon OSHA had originally adopted the federal reporting rules with the same July 1, 2017, submission date. However, since federal OSHA has now proposed an extension, we will have to wait and see what OR-OSHA does if the extension is formally adopted.  State OSHA plans have up to 6 months to adopt federal rules.

Until then, electrical contractors with more than 20 employees should get familiar with the ITA webpage and the reporting process.  Employers with more than 249 employees will eventually be required to submit more information than those with 249 or less.

The data submission process involves four steps: (1) Creating an establishment; (2) adding 300A summary data; (3) submitting data to OSHA; and (4) reviewing the confirmation email. The secure website offers three options for data submission. One option will enable users to manually enter data into a web form. Another option will give users the ability to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time. A third option will allow users of automated recordkeeping systems to transmit data electronically via an application programming interface.

The ITA webpage also includes information on reporting requirements, a list of frequently asked questions and a link to request assistance with completing the form.