Risk Management Center Streamlines Electronic OSHA Reporting

Author, Alyssa Burley, Client Services Coordinator, Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) now require certain employers to electronically submit their completed 2016 Form 300A.  OSHA has created a website that allows employers to manually complete the information or upload a formatted CSV (comma-separated values) file. Users of Rancho Mesa’s Risk Management Center have the ability to track incidents and generate the export file, making the electronic reporting process quick and simple.

The deadline to submit the electronic Form 300A is December 1, 2017.

Prepare and Submit

Once an incident occurs, Risk Management Center users track the details within the online system. All of the required information is stored and made available through reports and an export.

Request a Risk Management Center Account.

To export the OSHA 300A Report data, login to the Risk Management Center.  Then, navigate to the Applications list and click on Incident Track®.

From this screen, click on the Reports menu and click the Export Data option.  

Choose the report, “OSHA 300A Report” and select the export type a CSV. Choose the year and either all your sites or just one.  Click the Export button and enter your email address.

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The .CSV file will be generated and emailed to you. Save the file on your computer so it can be uploaded to OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA).

To upload the .CSV file, login to OSHA’s ITA and follow the instructions on the screen.

Who is Required to Submit?

According to OSHA, “establishments with 250 or more employees are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records and establishments that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses.”  Some of those industries include construction, manufacturing, health and residential care facilities, and building services.

However, since California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming operate OSHA-approved State Plans that have not yet adopted the new requirements, “establishments in these states are not currently required to submit their summary data,” notes the federal OSHA’s website

According to a notice on the Cal/OSHA website, “California employers are not required to follow the new requirements and will not be required to do so until "substantially similar" regulations go through formal rulemaking, which would culminate in adoption by the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations and approval by the Office of Administrative Law.” Cal/OSHA’s proposal to conform to the federal OSHA regulations is currently under review. Even though it is not a requirement for some states, employers can still choose to electronically submit their reports. 

For questions about tracking and exporting OSHA reports with the Risk Management Center, contact Rancho Mesa at (619) 937-0164