Early this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) put out a press release announcing it would do away with the electronic reporting of certain sensitive information about injured employees. Employers are required to maintain a series of injury reporting forms on-site that must be submitted online. The information on these forms are routinely collected by OSHA. However, OSHA said it will no longer use the electronic reporting rules in an effort to better protect worker privacy and to prevent details of workers’ injuries from being obtained online through the Freedom of Information Act.
Which Employers Are Impacted by the Change?
The new change will affect employers with 250 or more workers. These companies no longer have to submit identifying information from Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and Form 301 (Injury and Illness Report). Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) is still required to be submitted electronically. OSHA also mandates Forms 300 and 301 be posted in the workplace and made available to OSHA employees for the purposes of inspection and enforcement.
Not everyone is in favor of these changes though. In a statement, the Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee said the following, “Accurate and transparent reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses is an important tool for protecting the health and safety of American workers.” According to the Chairman, the new rule means that employers won’t be held accountable to a high standard when it comes to the welfare of their employees.
Reporting Workplace Injuries
Before a workplace injury report can be submitted to OSHA, a worker must first report their injury to their employer. Reporting workplace injuries helps to improve safety practices in the workplace and aids in identifying hazards.
San Jose Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
At the Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin, we are dedicated to helping injured workers secure the compensation they deserve. Workers’ compensation law is complex, and filing your injury claim involves a substantial amount of paperwork. Because the process can be so frustrating, many injured workers give up on their claim. Our lawyers are here to guide you through the entire process to ensure your rights and interests are fully protected. Stop by our office today to get the help you need with your work-related injury claim.