The new rule requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms.
The electronic submission of establishment-specific injury and illness data will enable OSHA to use its enforcement & compliance assistance resources more efficiently. Analysis of the data will improve OSHA's ability to indentify, target & remove safety & health hazards, thereby preventing workplace injuries, illnesses & deaths. You can read more of why OSHA is collecting the data & how it will be used: HERE.
The new rule takes effect on January 1, 2017. Businesses with 250 or more employees in the industries covered must begin submitting information from form 300A by July 1, 2017 and must submit information from all forms - 300A, 300 & 301 - by July 1, 2018.
Businesses with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries must begin submitting information from form 300A by July 1, 2017 and again by July 1, 2018. You can read more on submission deadlines HERE.
The rule does not prohibit incentive programs. However employers must not create incentive programs that deter or discourage an employee from reporting an injury or illness. The incentive programs should
- encourage safe work practices; and
- promote worker participation in safety-related activities.
The rule does not prohibit drug testing of employees. It only prohibits employers from using drug testing or the threat of drug testing as a form of retaliation against employees who report injuries or illnesses. You can read more on post incident drug testing HERE.
For more, detailed information on Injury Tracking Rules, please go to OSHA.
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