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OSHA Again Postpones Electronic Reporting Deadline

December 4, 2017
Federal officials have again postponed the deadline for employers to electronically submit data tracking certain employer’s workplace injuries and illnesses from their OSHA 300A or their 300A, 300 Log and 301 Forms. The deadline is now December 15. 
The rule requires employers with 250 or more workers, and employers in especially dangerous occupations, to report injury data to an electronic database for online publication. While the rule has been upheld in the courts, its implementation date has regularly been pushed back. It was supposed to take effect last July 1, but that date was postponed until December 1. 
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says the postponement to December 15 will allow "affected employers additional time to become familiar with [the] new electronic reporting system." The electronic reporting system has been up and running since August 1, 2017 and is designed to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. 
OSHA, meanwhile, is currently reviewing other provisions of the rule and it has announced that it intends to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to reconsider, revise, or remove portions of the rule in 2018. This announcement means that significant portions or the entire rule may be scrapped in the next year or two. 
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