The Occupational Safety and Health Administration had a busy January despite the partial government shutdown.
Last month OSHA made waves when it rescinded electronic reporting requirements that caused consternation among employers as well as employees. The agency also shed more light on how it will enforce its “silica rule,” which has been a tricky compliance task for employers in construction and other industries that work with stone and concrete.
Under the electronic recordkeeping rule OSHA introduced during the Obama administration, most employers with 250 or more employees have been required to submit a variety of work-related injury and illness data to the agency. Effective Feb. 25, large employers will not have to submit Forms 300 and 301, which together contain detailed reports of work-based incidents.
Large employers will still need to maintain those forms and produce them for OSHA, should the agency approach them for an inspection or enforcement action, but employers won’t be required to hand over that data on an annual basis. They will still need to submit Form 300A to OSHA, however, which contains a less detailed annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses.