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OSHA’s New Workplace Injury Regulations

By Jay Starkman for Phoenix Business Journal

Every year, employers within certain industries who have more than 10 employees have been required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to maintain a log of safety data and make a summary available internally for all employees to view.

Known as the OSHA 300a, the log essentially lists all of the employee injuries and illnesses recorded by an employer during the year.

In a new ruling announced last month, some of those employers will now be required to share an electronic copy of their 300a data with OSHA, making it available on OSHA’s public website.

That means that customers, competitors and OSHA investigators will, for the first time, have direct access to a company’s internal safety records.

High-risk industries

All employers with 250 or more employees and those with 20 to 249 employers in “high risk industries” will now be required to report their 300a data electronically to OSHA. Companies must submit their 2016 data by July 1, 2017. 2017 data must be submitted electronically by July 1, 2018.

The industries considered by OSHA to be “high risk” for injuries and illnesses may also come as a surprise to some companies. Grocery stores, department stores and property management companies are among the types of establishments that must comply (see OSHA’s website for a complete list).

NOTE: Jay Starkman is the founder and CEO of Engage PEO. Engage provides HR services and counsel to help clients minimize costs and maximize efficiency.

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