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Last chance to meet electronic filing deadline with OSHA is December 31, 2017!

Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Vigilant Council For Employers.

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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that December 31, 2017, is the final deadline for covered employers to electronically file their 2016 OSHA Summary (Form 300A). In essence, OSHA says it really means it this time, and any covered employers who fail to turn in their reports as required may be subject to enforcement action. We previously reported that OSHA had extended the deadline to December 15, 2017. Employers in Idaho, Oregon, and Montana are potentially subject to OSHA’s electronic reporting requirement. Not so for employers in California and Washington, because their state safety and health agencies haven’t begun rulemaking on this subject.

The first electronic reports of the 2016 OSHA Summary (Form 300A) were scheduled to be submitted by July 1, 2017, for large establishments (250 or more employees) as well as establishments in designated high-risk industries (including agriculture, manufacturing, warehousing, and residential care facilities) with at least 20 employees. OSHA later extended the deadline to December 1, 2017, then December 15, 2017, and now finally to December 31, 2017. Covered employers are expected to submit their OSHA Form 300A through OSHA’s online Injury Tracking Application (ITA).

Tips: It’s frustrating that OSHA waited until after the December 15, 2017, deadline passed to announce this final extension. However, if you are a covered employer in Idaho, Oregon, or Montana, and you haven’t yet electronically submitted your 2016 OSHA summary, you have one last chance to do so.