2024 OSHA Recordkeeping Changes: What You Need to Know

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced significant changes to its injury and illness recordkeeping rules, set to take effect on January 1, 2024. This critical update aims to enhance transparency and improve safety in high-hazard industries.

The final rule, announced on July 17, 2023, by the U.S. Department of Labor, expands the existing electronic submission requirements. Specifically, construction establishments with 100 or more employees will now be required to electronically submit detailed data from Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report), in addition to the already mandated Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). Establishments with 20 to 99 employees, however, will continue to submit only Form 300A data.

This expanded submission process underscores the Department of Labor’s commitment to using digital platforms to improve data quality and workplace safety. Establishments are now also required to include their legal company name in these submissions, adding a layer of accountability and transparency.

OSHA plans to publish some of this collected data on its website. The goal is to enable employers, employees, potential employees, and other stakeholders to make informed decisions based on a company’s safety and health records. This public access to data is anticipated to play a significant role in reducing occupational injuries and illnesses.

Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health, Doug Parker, emphasized that these changes align with the original intentions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The act envisioned a system where workplace safety and health issues are openly reported and addressed. This rule is a pivotal step towards achieving that objective. OSHA will utilize this data for strategic interventions in high-hazard industries, aiming to reduce worker injuries and illnesses.

The final rule maintains the current requirements for establishments with 20-249 employees in specific high-hazard industries and those with 250 or more employees in industries that must routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records.

For more detailed information about OSHA’s injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements, please visit their official website.

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