Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to record serious work-related injuries and illnesses through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA’s) Form 300A. This information is used to evaluate and improve workplace safety, identify potential hazards and increase worker protections to lessen exposures where necessary.
Not all employers that are required to keep OSHA records must send their 300A electronically. However, for those employers that are required, the deadline is July 1, 2018 to submit their completed 2017 Form 300A to OSHA.
Follow this flowchart to determine if this rule applies to your organization:
If you are in a state that has a state-based OSHA program, be sure to check with your state’s OSHA department to see if you may have obligations that go beyond the federal requirements. Minnesota, for instance, requires all employers with 20 or more employees to electronically file, even if they’re not in high risk industries (see our previous article). If your organization meets these guidelines, log onto the Injury Tracking Application and submit Form 300A if you have not done so already. Click here if you need more information about submitting injury and illness records electronically.
The submission dates for next year are changing, so mark your calendars.
Establishments with 250 or more employees that are subject to this new rule:
Completed for year
Submit to OSHA by
December 31, 2017
July 1, 2018
300A, 300, 301
March 2, 2019
Every year subsequently
March 2ndof the following year
Establishments with 20-249 employees that are subject to this new rule:
For more information about OSHA reporting or risk management and safety in general, please contact us.
Nick assists clients with their day-to-day risk management and safety needs.
Nick assists clients with their day-to-day risk management and safety needs. He provides OSHA compliance assistance, DOT and fleet safety management, facility safety and health audits, and safety committee development. These initiatives have helped clients reduce workplace injuries and ensure regulatory compliance. In addition to his role in loss control, Nick is a passionate claims advocate. He monitors and negotiates large, complex property, liability and workers’ compensation claims with the insurance companies and independent claims adjusters. He also assists with the information exchange between contractors or occupational medicine teams, insurance adjusters, employee claimants, and client contacts. This daily claims management provides tighter reserves, more proactive risk management with all affected parties and, in the case of a workers’ compensation claim, earlier return to work and expense reductions.
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