OSHA recently announced that it intends to extend the deadline of July 1, 2017 for certain employers to submit injury and illness data as part of its final rule issued to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. This rule was published in May 2016.
The controversial rule would require information from the OSHA Form 300A to be submitted electronically to OSHA no later than July 1, which would then be made public on the agency's website.
As seen below, OSHA’s webpage update reads:
“Electronic Submission of Records
OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically. Updates will be posted to this webpage when they are available.”
News of this deadline extension came only two days after five congressional Democrats introduced a bill reinstating the "Volks" rule. The “Volks” rule, which was previously repealed by President Donald Trump addressed employers’ “ongoing obligation” to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses, allowing OSHA to issue citations anytime during the five-year period employers are required to keep injury and illness records instead of within six months after an incident occurred.To find out more about this topic, click here.