This week OSHA announced that they have launched their new website portal for impacted companies to upload their 2016 OSHA 300A logs to report injury and illness records. The portal is live as of August 1st 2017.
Here are some important notes regarding the new reporting requirement:
- Companies have until December 1st 2017 to submit their 2016 data.
- The portal includes a “Help Request Form” if they have questions or problems uploading data.
Other notes regarding the new reporting requirements:
- Which companies need to submit data?
- Companies with 250+ employees that are currently required to keep OSHA 300 logs. These companies must submit the following logs: 300, 300A, and 301.
- Small companies with between 20-249 employees industries with historically high injury and illness rates. This includes most manufacturing and construction businesses. These companies only need to submit form 300A.
This new reporting requirement has been somewhat controversial due to the fact that company specific injury and illness data will now be available for all to see. This could harm companies with high rates because potential employees can access data and decide who to work for (or not), and company customers can do the same in order to decide who they want to do business with.
OSHA believes that these potentially negative impacts will provide incentive for companies with high injury and illness rates to improve their workplace safety programs, reduce workplace hazards and thus prevent injuries and illness.