Last week OSHA announced that it “intends to propose extending the 7/1/17 deadline” for certain high hazard industry employers to begin submitting their 300A summary logs electronically.
The delay appears to be due to the fact that the on-line submission portal has yet to be published.
The new reporting rule has been controversial due to the fact that it will make injury and illness incidents “public information” for all to see. This will allow, for example, potential employees to scrutinize who they want to work for, and customers, who they want to do business with. In other words, the information can damage the reputation, and overall business for companies with high injury rates. OSHA argues that this will provide another strong incentive for employers to take their health and safety programs more seriously.
Companies in high hazard industries such as manufacturing and others will be subject to this new rule.