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OSHA Has Delayed Electronic Reporting Requirement Again

OSHA entered a final rule in 2016 that requires certain employers to submit injury and illness data electronically. The change is designed to decrease paperwork for the government and to allow for easier data analysis to be used in enforcement and compliance efforts. Once again the rule has been pushed back, this time to December 1st, 2017.

Under the new regulation, companies with 250 or more employees will be required to submit injury reports electronically. E, as well as maintain a hard copy of of the records relating to workplace injuries. If a company has between 20 and 249 employees and is in a “high-risk” industry, it will have the same reporting requirements as those with over 250 employees. The reporting requirements for other categories remain unchanged.

It is not clear why OSHA has delayed the reporting requirement once again. Employers should remain diligent in their practices and be ready to comply when the time comes.

 To read the new rule, click here.

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