OSHA Recordkeeping Deadline Pushed to Dec. 15

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In a notice issued on Nov. 24, OSHA extended its injury reporting deadline initially set for Dec. 1 by two weeks. The new deadline is Dec. 15. This extension comes after a brief shutdown of the agency’s online reporting tool this summer due to concerns surrounding a possible data breach, which OSHA later said did not occur.

Extending the deadline will allow employers the full four-month reporting window originally intended under the Obama administration’s May 2016 updates to OSHA’s worker injury and illness recordkeeping regulation, the notice said. The final rule generally requires companies to report injury and illness data traditionally kept on site. It also features anti-retaliation provisions impeding employer programs designed to deter this kind of reporting.

The decision to push this recordkeeping deadline forward by two weeks is controversial among some industry professionals who called for even more time to submit their 2016 Form 300A data. OSHA publicly disagreed with the negative comments, but signaled that future revisions to the regulation were forthcoming. These proposed changes will be addressed separately, the OSHA notice said, and the agency will seek comment on the existing rule. 

* Update (Dec. 21, 2017): OSHA will continue accepting electronically-submitted reports through Dec. 31, 2017 and will not take enforcement action against employers who submit their 2016 Form 300A data after Dec. 15 and before Dec. 31. 



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