It's Time to Post Your Illness and Injury Data

Victor ShellBy Victor Shell
CSA Director of Safety and Transportation

Happy New Year, everyone!

2017 has ushered in many changes, including a new OSHA rule about posting and reporting illness and injury data for your shop on Form 300A.

Post Your Illness and Injury Data
As in previous years, OSHA requires that you post your illness and injury data, using Form 300A, between Feb. 1 and April 30.

What Has Changed From Last Year?
This year OSHA has added a new twist to the game of record keeping. This is how it affects you and your business:

  • Our industry falls under OSHA's building material & supplies dealers category and is considered a high-risk industry.
  • To be in compliance this year, dealers must not only post the 300A form, they must also submit the form to the OSHA website electronically.
  • OSHA's electronic reporting portal will go live in February 2017.

Timing for Record-Keeping Requirements
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. These same employers 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.

Timing for High-Risk Industries
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.

Why Do We Have to Report This Data?
OSHA believes the reporting requirements in the new rule will help increase safety for workers across the country. The agency writes on its website: "Behavioral economics tells us that making injury information publicly available will 'nudge' employers to focus on safety. And, as we have seen in many examples, more attention to safety will save the lives and limbs of many workers, and will ultimately help the employer’s bottom line. Finally, this regulation will improve the accuracy of this data by ensuring that workers will not fear retaliation for reporting injuries or illnesses."

For more information about the new rule or other safety issues, contact Victor Shell, Director of Safety and Transportation at 678-674-1860.