Expanded OSHA Reporting Requirements for Certain Employers in High-Hazard Industries

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reporting requirements for work-related injuries and illnesses will be expanded for certain employers, effective January 1, 2024.

Beginning next year, establishments with 100 or more employees in certain high-hazard industries will be required to electronically submit information from their Form 300-Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses and Form 301-Injury and Illness Incident Report to OSHA annually. This is in addition to the Form 300A-Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses that these employers are already required to submit each year by March 2 for the prior year.

Employers in high-hazard industries with 100 or more employees were already required to complete Forms 300 and 301 for all work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses requiring medical treatment beyond first aid and retain these records on company premises for five years. But they were not previously required to submit these forms.

The final rule also requires establishments to include their legal company name when electronically submitting their injury and illness records, in order to improve data quality.

OSHA will publish some of the data collected on its website to allow employers, employees, potential employees, employee representatives, customers and others to use information about a company’s workplace safety and health record to make informed decisions.

“Congress intended for the Occupational Safety and Health Act to include reporting procedures that would provide the agency and the public with an understanding of the safety and health problems workers face, and this rule is a big step in finally realizing that objective,” Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Doug Parker said in a Department of Labor statement announcing the final rule this week. “OSHA will use these data to intervene through strategic outreach and enforcement to reduce worker injuries and illnesses in high-hazard industries. The safety and health community will benefit from the insights this information will provide at the industry level, while workers and employers will be able to make more informed decisions about their workplace’s safety and health.”

More information about existing Form 300, 301 and 301A requirements can be found here.

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