On June 28, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register in which it proposes to delay the deadline for the first required electronic submission of workplace injuries and illnesses data from 2016 Form 300A until December 1, 2017.
The requirement for employers to electronically submit the workplace injuries and illnesses data to OSHA arises from a rule published on May 12, 2016. That rule set July 1, 2017 as the initial deadline before which employers that were required to submit Form 300A in 2016 must submit that data electronically. The electronic reporting system will not be available until August 1, 2017, however, following the postponement of the data collection system’s intended February 2017 launch. OSHA is proposing to delay the deadline by five months, until December 1, 2017, both to allow employers to become familiar with the electronic reporting system before they are required to use it to submit their workplace injuries and illnesses data and to allow the new administration time to familiarize itself with the new electronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation.
OSHA is seeking comments on the proposed delay of the July 1, 2017 compliance date to December 1, 2017, which would only become effective on the date that a final rule is published in the Federal Register. Comments must be submitted before July 13, 2017.