This has been a back and forth issue for some time. We were hoping the time wouldn’t come but it’s looking more evident that the time has come to send your 2016 OSHA 300A forms to OSHA.
Last year, OSHA released a new regulation on record keeping and reporting of injuries and illnesses. Originally, all employers with 20 or more employees at any point in the year in certain industries (including agriculture) needed to submit their OSHA 300A (Summary) data from calendar year 2016 to OSHA buy July of 2017. Under the new administration, that date was postponed and a proposed rulemaking came out that delayed the deadline for submission to December 1. The site for submittal of the 300A information went up in mid August.
We have continued to hear that OSHA will be making some changes to the rule but what those changes were have not been leaked. The hope was they would get rid of the requirement to report completely. It doesn’t look like that is the case. If there are changes, rumors are that the data may not be made public. That was one of our biggest concerns.
With all that being said, the December 1 deadline is fast approaching. Please take a few minutes and follow the link below to submit your OSHA300A form data if you have 20 or more employees at any point during the year. There may be a few that are small enough not to have to report but most gins will. We will send another reminder next week but it would be best to go ahead and send it in as soon as possible.
There are instructions for filling out information on this site:
Read through this page and the instructions for ITA JOB AIDS before clicking the blue button at the top right of the page that says LAUNCH ITA. The AIDS will help you fill out the information that is being requested.
If anything changes between now and Dec 1, we’ll be sure to let you know ASAP.