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OSHA to employers: Submit Form 300A by July 1

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Washington — OSHA is reminding certain employers to submit their 2017 injury and illness Form 300A data by July 1.

The Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses final rule applies to establishments with 250 or more employees and those with 20 to 249 employees in certain industries with historically high occupational injury and illness rates.

On April 30, OSHA announced that employers in the seven states that, at the time, did not have electronic reporting regulations were required to submit their 2017 injury and illness data to the agency. The agency cited Section 18(c)(7) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in a press release. Some states, however, took issue with that mandate.

In a special announcement May 1, Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries stated that it expects to adopt reporting regulations later this year, and that employers in the state have the option to provide information voluntarily to federal OSHA.

Maryland stated that “employers are under no legal obligation to register and/or submit their OSHA 300 information to OSHA via OSHA's Injury Tracking Application (ITA). Additionally, the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Agency is not accepting OSHA 300 log data at this time.”

Wyoming stated that “electronic reporting requirement does not apply to Wyoming OSHA covered employers.”

Minnesota’s recordkeeping regulation went into effect May 21, and South Carolina adopted its regulation May 25 – with an effective date of Nov. 25 and a recommendation to submit data by July 1 “if at all possible.”

California advised its affected employers to comply with the directive even though the state had not adopted its own rule. The deadline for 2018 Form 300A data moves to March 2 beginning in 2019.

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