OSHA has started an enforcement program targeting employers who failed to submit their Form 300A data through the agency’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA).
The program matches new inspections opened against a list of potential non-responders to collection of Form 300A data though the ITA.
If an OSHA area office determines an establishment on the list matches with the one where the new inspection was opened, citations will be issued for failure to submit OSHA Form 300A Summary data.
Annual electronic submissions are required by establishments with:
- 250 or more employees who are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and
- 20 to 249 employees classified in specific industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses.
By mid-March, 289,849 establishments had submitted their OSHA Form 300A information.
Big companies targeted at corporate level
The agency is also reviewing 2021 submitted data to identify non-responders at a corporate-wide level, with that review being conducted for the largest employers in the U.S.
This program was developed in response to recommendations from the Government Accountability Office to improve injury and illness data reporting.
The initiative will begin in early April 2022.
Some data being made public
OSHA is also posting ITA data for certain employers as part of its electronic recordkeeping requirements.
The agency says making this data public will allow “employers, workers, potential employees, and others to better understand safety and health outcomes at an employer or industry, allowing them to make valuable insights and informed decisions.”
OSHA claims employers of all sizes can use the data to benchmark with others in their industry or compare results across operations.
“This accessibility will help identify and mitigate workplace hazards, and ultimately result in the reduction of occupational injuries and illnesses,” according to the agency.