OSHA postpones electronic filling
OSHA Postpones Deadline for Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Summaries Indefinitely
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which had issued a rule requiring the electronic posting of such information for most employers in May 2016, announced that the filing deadline will be postponed for an undetermined period of time. OSHA has announced that it "intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 deadline" for the first phase of its rule requiring the electronic submission of injury and illness records. The July deadline was for employers in certain categories to electronically submit their OSHA 300A annual summaries.
OSHA had previously set a deadline of July 1, 2017, for employers to file their injury and illness forms online. With the filing deadline only a month and a half away, OSHA has now delayed the filing. A new deadline has not been announced and OSHA has not offered a formal reason for the postponement. The Recordkeeping Rule, which covered nearly 441,000 workplaces, took effect January 1, 2017 and employers were obligated to send in their summary data for 2016 by July 1, 2017. But OSHA has yet to launch the website for companies to submit the information, and it posted language Wednesday (May 17th) with an existing fact sheet saying it "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" to the agency.