OSHA is reminding covered establishments that the new deadline to submit 2018 Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) is March 2.
OSHA’s final electronic record-keeping rule is for all establishments with at least 250 employees, and those with 20 to 249 employees in certain industries with historically high occupational injury and illness rates.
To review exactly which establishments need to provide their data, click here.
Citing privacy concerns, OSHA controversially rolled back part of its’ record-keeping rule in January, deciding that companies with 250 or more employees would no longer need to submit the more detailed Form 300 and Form 301 (see related article).
Jordan Barab, who was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor at OSHA between 2009 to 2017, described the decision as the business community’s “continuing effort to ensure that the public has as little information as possible about workplace injuries and illnesses.”
Several public health advocacy groups have since filed lawsuits against the record-keeping rollback, arguing that OSHA failed to “adequately consider” opposing comments before making its change.
Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, The American Public Health Association, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists are among those seeking to rescind OSHA’s final rule.
Public Citizen attorney Michael Kirkpatrick said OSHA was yet to provide a valid reason for their decision reversal.
“When it issued the electronic reporting rule after an exhaustive process, OSHA concluded that requiring the submission of workplace injury and illness data would greatly enhance worker health and safety.”
“OSHA has now rushed through a new rule drawing exactly the opposite conclusion, but OSHA has failed to provide any good reason for reversing itself.”