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OSHA Injury and Illness Final Ruling - What You Need to Know

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OSHA has  announced a change to injury and illness reporting that will be phased in over two years starting in January of next year. Employers will be required to submit their injury and illness data electronically to OSHA every year. The new ruling will also require employers to inform employees of their right to report injuries and illnesses that are work-related without retaliation. 

The goal of these changes is to urge employers to focus on safety and empower employees that experience injury on the job. OSHA will make this data publicly available in a searchable database, although it will exclude any personal information that could reveal the employee's identity.

  • Phase in schedule for establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation:
    • July 1, 2018: Employers must submit all 2017 Forms (300A, 300 and 301)
    • 2019 and every year thereafter: Employers must submit their data by March 2nd
    • July 1, 2017: Employers must submit their 2016 Form 300A 
  • Schedule for establishments with 20-249 employees in specific high-risk industries:
    • July 1, 2017: Employers must submit their 2016 Form 300A 
    • July 1, 2018: Employers must submit their 2017 Form 300A
    • 2019 and every year thereafter: Employers must submit data by March 2nd. 
  • OSHA State Plan states must adopt requirements that are identical to the requirements of this final plan within six months after publication of this final rule

Helpful Links:
  • View 1904 regulations inside of Mancomm's 1910 or 1926, also view-able on
  • 1904 guide available for purchase here

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