Rules + Regs

Nearly 200,000 work sites may be violating OSHA's record-keeping rule

Almost 200,000 work sites did not file their 2016 annual injury and illness log summaries by Dec. 31, 2017, breaking compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) new electronic record-keeping rule, according to OSHA anticipated 350,000 work sites would file, but only 153,653 work sites filed their summaries in addition to nearly 61,000 work sites that were not required to file electronically but did so.

Form 300A contains a summary of an employer's logged injuries and illnesses kept throughout the year on Form 300. Information on Form 300 includes work-related deaths and injuries or illnesses that cause a worker's loss of consciousness, restricted work activity, transfer to another position, days away from work or medical treatment beyond first aid. Most employers annually are required to file Form 300A electronically, as well as post the form at work sites between Feb. 1 and April 30.

Originally, the electronic reporting rule also required employers to submit Form 300 for publication online, but OSHA received pushback from industry groups affected by the mandate that claimed the provision could reveal proprietary information, including employee work hours. Critics also argued posting injury and illness information without including measures employers took in response could give the public a one-sided view.