OSHA Launches Electronic Reporting System

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

It is official – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its website for the electronic submission of employers’ injury and illness records (i.e., OSHA 300 logs).  

After a delay, the Injury Tracking Application website is now available to employers.  According the OSHA.gov, “certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017.”  This means employers have about four months to submit their reports online.

The new requirement was designed to make OSHA records publicly available on the internet in hopes that it would encourage employers to maintain safer working environments.  
On the website, employers will be able to manually enter data into a web form, upload a .CSV file, or utilize an automated recordkeeping system with the ability to transmit data electronically via an API (application programming interface).

Rancho Mesa clients who are using the Risk Management Center can expect a .CVS export to be available in October 2017.  As long as you have the information in the Risk Management Center, you will be able to generate the .CVS file and upload the reports to the OSHA website.

For those who are not currently using the Risk Management Center to track your incidents, now is a great time to enter the data from 2016, so it is archived in the system and you’ll be able to transfer it once the export is available. 

For details regarding who must keep and report OSHA records, visit www.osha.gov/injuryreporting.