The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the deadline for online submissions related to its Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule from July 1 to Dec. 1.
As previously reported, certain employers that met specified criteria were required to electronically submit a completed Form 300A on the OSHA website. Employers with over 250 employees, no matter the industry, must comply with the rule. In addition, businesses with at least 20 employees that fall into any of the 66 industries that OSHA deems as high risk are required to submit forms on their site. These industries include: manufacturing, freight trucking, urban transportation systems, warehousing and waste collection, among many others.
Submissions would then be reviewed, omitting employee names, and the information would be available to the public. The agency issued the ruling to allow for better transparency in detailing any pertinent employee health and safety issues reported at work sites.
The requirements of the rule were originally published May 12, 2016, but the electronic submission system won't be operational until August 1.
According to OSHA, the reasons for their most recent deadline pushback are twofold. The regulatory agency wants to give the current presidential administration more time to review the requirements for the ruling before submissions can begin. It also want to give the affected companies more time to acclimate themselves to the new process of submission.
In addition, OSHA plans to issue a separate proposal to modify the provisions of the ruling. The organization is also taking public comments on the matter until July 13 and they can be delivered electronically, via fax, mail or hand delivery. Details on how to submit comments are in a published Federal Register notice.