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OSHA Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting Changes for 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a change to its workplace injury and illness reporting requirements. The change affects employers with 20 or more employees in certain high-risk industries, such as construction, manufacturing, and hospitality.

Companies with 10 or more employees must track work related injuries and illnesses throughout the year on OSHA Form 300. At the end of the year, the forms are complied on to Form 300A, which the employer must post in a conspicuous place for all employees to see from February 1st to April 30th of the following year. Certain low-risk industries are exempt from this requirement, regardless of the number of people employed. The full list of exempt industries can be found on OSHA's website.

Employers with 250 or more employees are required to submit their Form 300A electronically to OSHA by July 1st of the following year. As of January 1, 2018, employers in certain high risk industries who employee 20 or more people are now also included in this reporting requirement. A full list of subject industries is available on OSHA's website. Form 300A for 2017 must be filed electronically by July 1, 2018.

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