Submitting Workplace Injury And Illness Data Electronically To OSHA In 2018 And Beyond

Matt OlphinRisk Management

Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation, as well as establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses may now begin electronically submitting the 2017 data. The deadline for covered establishments to electronically submit 2017 workplace injury and illness information to OSHA is July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted to OSHA by March 2nd.

The requirement to provide injury and illness information to OSHA should not be confused with the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Annual Survey, a survey some companies receive requesting work-related injury and illness information. From OSHA’s FAQ page asking if establishments must provide information to both OSHA and the BLS, the following response is posted:

“OSHA and the BLS are working to identify and minimize the burden on employers that are required to respond to both data collections. However, at this time you will need to provide both agencies with the required data through their separate collection vehicles.”

For more information on electronically submitting injury and illness data, visit OSHA’s website:

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