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OSHA sets new deadline for online reporting regulation

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the final entry date for covered employers to submit injury and illness reports via the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) to Dec. 31, 2017. Under the "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses" regulation issued in 2016, employers with 20 or more employees are required to electronically submit their OSHA Form 300A to the agency. OSHA had suspended the original deadline of July 1, 2017, and tentatively established a deadline of Dec. 1, but now it has finalized the deadline as Dec. 31. Under the regulation, the injury and illness reports are to be placed on OSHA's website for public inspection, but it is unclear whether new OSHA management under the Trump administration will move forward with placing the reports online. When testifying before Congress in 2016 about this regulation, NRCA raised concerns about the potential for abuse of the information if it is made public. The Trump administration continues to review other aspects of the final regulation and intends to publish a revised version of the rule sometime in 2018. The regulation also continues to face legal challenges. Information about how to submit reports can be found on OSHA's website, click here.


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