As part of OSHA’s new electronic recordkeeping rule previously discussed in prior blogs, certain employers will be required to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their 2016 Form 300A. OSHA believes that from a human behavior and motivation perspective, making such information publically available will “nudge” employers to focus on safety and by improving the accuracy of the data employee retaliation concerns may be diminished.
OSHA has stated that the web portal is now scheduled to go live on August 1, 2017 and will be accessible here: https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/index.html
The webpage also includes information on reporting requirements, a list of frequently asked questions and a link to request assistance with a fillable form.
Only time will tell whether the new rule will result in greater safety records for reporting employers. Another scenario might be that with public reporting employers, who might otherwise settle citations, may find additional incentives to legally challenge them, which could lead to an increase in litigation and further costs. In the meantime, covered employers should begin the compliance process and take appropriate measures to ensure that reporting is done every year on a timely basis.