With the new year come new updates on regulations. Wisconsin employers are being reminded of the important OSHA and Injury Tracking Application (ITA) items listed below.
- OSHA has increased its penalties as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act. Penalty levels increased approximately 2 percent. The new penalty levels will apply to all violations occurring after November 2, 2015, with penalties assessed after January 2, 2018.
- Employers can now submit their OSHA Form 300A data for 2017 to the ITA.
- Employers will not have to submit their OSHA 300 and 301 information for 2017 to the ITA.
Employers can now begin to electronically report their Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Form 300A data to OSHA through the agency’s Injury Tracking Application. All covered establishments must submit the information by July 1, 2018. Employers can view their submitted CY 2016 Form 300A summary information, but they cannot edit or submit additional 2016 data on the ITA website.
Establishments that meet any of the following criteria DO NOT have to send their Form 300A data to OSHA. Remember, these criteria apply at the establishment level, not to the firm as a whole.
- The establishment’s peak employment during the previous calendar year was 19 or fewer, regardless of the establishment’s industry.
- The establishment’s industry is on thislist, regardless of the size of the establishment.
- The establishment had a peak employment between 20 and 249 employees during the previous calendar year AND the establishment’s industry is noton this list.
Covered establishments with 250 or more employees are only required to provide their 2017 Form 300A summary data. OSHA is not accepting Form 300 and 301 information at this time. OSHA will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to reconsider, revise, or remove provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” final rule, including the collection of the Forms 300/301 data. OSHA is currently drafting that NPRM and will seek comment on those provisions.
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