January 28, 2019

OSHA Issues Final Injury And Illness Rule

Last Thursday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) released its final regulation governing when employers must report injuries and illnesses.

The rule eliminates the need for employers to submit OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Injury Report) to OSHA every year. Employers must continue to submit Form 300A, the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, and that form now will include space for Employer Identification Numbers.

Even though Forms 300 and 301 no longer need to be submitted to OSHA each year, employers still must maintain these forms onsite and will be required to provide them to OSHA on an as-needed basis during inspections and enforcement actions. The finalized regulation also makes it clear that there is no ban on post incident drug testing or incident-based safety incentive programs.

The final rule will take effect on Feb. 25, 2019. Click here to read it.

Employers with general and technical questions can contact Amanda Edens who is director of OHSA’s Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management at (202) 693-2300 or edens.mandy@dol.gov.