Changes in OSHA Work-Related Injury and Illness ReportingFebruary 26, 2019
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) made a final ruling recently, which stated that companies with 250 or more employees are no longer required to submit specific data about employee injuries or illnesses that are work-related.
Specifically, the ruling eliminated the requirement for these companies to submit information from Form 300, which is a log of work-related injuries and illnesses called Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, and Form 301, called Injury and Illness Incident Report. However, form 300A, which is a summary of work-related injuries and illnesses called Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses is still required.
While OSHA believes that the ruling will protect workers’ privacy, others are concerned that failing to report this information jeopardizes the health and safety of workers in this country.
According to a news release that was distributed by OSHA, the agency believes that preventing the government from collecting sensitive information about employees will help avoid the risks associated with having their information publicly disclosed. OSHA went on to say that releasing sensitive employee information is a violation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
While employers do not have to share the information, they are still required to maintain the forms 300 and 301 in the event of an OSHA inspection.
Opponents Fear Workplace Safety Will be Compromised
The ruling received harsh criticism from some, including the chairman of the House Education & Labor Committee. In a statement issued by the congressman, he condemned OSHA’s actions, saying that accurate reporting of workplace injuries is critical to protecting the health and safety of workers in the United States.
In addition, he said, the Trump administration is compromising the ability to identify specific health and work environment issues that pose a threat to workers. By removing requirements from Forms 300 and 301, it limits the ability of OSHA and other government agencies to effectively monitor workplace safety.
In the news release, OSHA also announced that they are now requiring covered employers to electronically submit their Employer Identification Number with their information on Form 300A. This will make the employee data more useful and may help avoid duplicative reporting burdens. The final rule has been included in the January 25th publication of the Federal Register.
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