OSHA to Issue Proposed Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

The Federal Register will publish a proposed OSHA rule designed to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses on March 30, 2022.  That proposed rule is Docket No. OSHA-2021-0006.

The unpublished, public inspection copy of the proposed rule, all 108 pages, can be viewed here.

SUMMARY: OSHA is proposing to amend its occupational injury and illness recordkeeping regulation to require certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information to OSHA that employers are already required to keep under the recordkeeping regulation. Specifically, OSHA proposes to amend its regulation to require establishments with 100 or more employees in certain designated industries to electronically submit information from their OSHA Forms 300, 301, and 300A to OSHA once a year. Establishments with 20 or more employees in certain industries would continue to be required to electronically submit information from their OSHA Form 300A annual summary to OSHA once a year. OSHA also proposes to update the classification system used to determine the list of industries covered by the electronic submission requirement. In addition, the proposed rule would remove the current requirement for establishments with 250 or more employees, not in a designated industry, to electronically submit information from their Form 300A to OSHA on an annual basis. OSHA intends to post the data from the proposed annual electronic submission requirement on a public website after identifying and removing information that reasonably identifies individuals directly, such as individuals’ This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 03/30/2022 and available online at federalregister.gov/d/2022-06546, and on govinfo.gov names and contact information. Finally, OSHA is proposing to require establishments to include their company name when making electronic submissions to OSHA.

Comments to this proposed rule must be submitted no later than 60 days after publication in the Federal Register (May 27, 2022).

This does impact healthcare facilities so please take the time to review and provide comment during the next 60 days.