A new OSHA rule took effect January 1, 2017 that requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms. (29 C.F.R.§ 1904.41) Organizations with 250 or more employees at any time during the previous calendar year are required to electronically submit information to OSHA and any employer with 20 or more employees but fewer than 250 at any time and the industry is classified in an industry listed in appendix A to support E of the act. Industries of interest to public sector employers are utilities, urban transit systems, school and employee bus transportation, other transit and ground passenger transportation, waste collection, waste treatment and disposal, museums, and historical sites and similar institutions.
Records must be submitted once a year according to the schedule established by the department. Starting in 2017, establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. You will be required to submit information from all 2017 forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2. Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017, and their 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2. (29 C.F.R.§ 1904.41(c)).
OSHA has provided a secure website that offers three options for data submission. First, users are able to manually enter data into a web form. Second, users are able to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time. Last, users of automated recordkeeping systems will have the ability to transmit data electronically via an API (application programming interface). The Injury Tracking Application (ITA) is accessible from the ITA launch page, where you are able to provide the agency your 2016 OSHA Form 300A information.