OSHA Delays Electronic Reporting to December 15th

In the ongoing series of updates on the status of OSHA's electronic reporting, we have another development. 

On November 24, 2017, OSHA announced that it would delay the initial compliance deadline for the electronic submission of worker injury and illness logs to December 15, 2017.  The original electronic submission deadline was July 1, 2017, which was first announced in OSHA's May 2016 final rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.  That July 1, 2017 submission deadline became unlikely as the launch of the website through which employers would report the required information was not yet operational.  OSHA launched the Injury Tracking Application on August 1, 2017 and its intent was to provide employers with a period of four months from the date of the website's launch in which to familiarize themselves with the system and submit the required 2016 information.  As a result of a potential compromise of user information, however, the system was taken off-line for approximately two weeks, which has resulted in the most recent extension of the submission deadline.  

Our previous posts detail the specific requirements and the employers covered by the new rule. If you have questions about OSHA reporting or the new electronic reporting requirements, contact Aimee DeLaney in Hinshaw's Chicago office or your regular Hinshaw lawyer.

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