Over the past few years, OSHA has made significant strides in simplifying and streamlining their requirements. This year, the regulatory agency unveiled a new online application that will make reporting workplace injuries much faster. Since the data from these forms can help improve safety practices on a nationwide level, the new injury tracking application is a game-changer.
How to use OSHA’s injury tracking application
Business owners and supervisors may already be familiar with the Department of Labor’s form 300A, which provides a yearly record of workplace injuries. Since the new injury tracking application collects essentially the same information, you may already be familiar with the process. If not, OSHA has provided detailed instructions on how to fill out the form. There won’t be many changes with the online application.
· Getting started
The first step is to create an account. Once you’ve successfully logged in, you’ll be prompted to enter details regarding your business. If you are in charge of multiple workplaces, you will be able to track them all through the same account.
· When to submit your reports
Since the program is just now being rolled out, the deadlines for next year will be later than usual. Businesses will have until July 1, 2018, to submit their reports for 2017. Next year, the deadline will be moved forward, and reports for 2018 will need to be submitted by March 2, 2019.
· Who is required to use the online injury tracking software?
In general, only businesses with more than 250 employees are required to submit form 300A. The requirements for high-risk industries, however, are stricter. Since manufacturing is considered to be high-risk, light industrial and warehouse settings will be required to use the tracking software if they have more than 20 employees. Though a handful of states are exempt from the requirements, Arizona has accepted the federal standard.
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