The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a Dec. 1 deadline for the filing of 300A forms. The deadline used to be July 1, but OSHA introduced a proposed rule that would extend the deadline to Dec. 1, 2017 for certain companies. The 300A forms are to be submitted to OSHA electronically. The agency has extended the deadline in order for the Trump Administration to review the rule’s requirements, which were made public on May 12, 2016.
Public comments on the deadline extension will be accepted by OSHA until July 13, 2017. The system to collect the data was supposed to launch in February. It will now launch in August of this year. This gives employers four months to upload their completed 300A forms to OSHA. The 300A forms account for workplace injuries and illnesses from the prior year. OSHA said that the deadline extension will allow companies affected the time to familiarize themselves with the new system.
OSHA also hinted at the possibility of issuing another proposal that would revise, reconsider or remove other provisions of the Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule. This could have a big impact on the anti-retaliation aspects of the rule.
The extension for filing is only a proposal. It will not go into effect until OSHA publishes a final rule in the Federal Register. It is believed, that once public comments close on July 13, 2017, that a final rule will be issued by OSHA on this deadline extension.
The Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness final rule took effect on Jan. 1, 2017. It requires certain employers to file the 300A form on an annual basis with OSHA. The rule also notes that the 300A form must be submitted electronically.
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Source: Safety BLR, “OSHA proposes December 1 for electronic submission of 300As,” June 28, 2017
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