Injury Tracking Application
Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to OSHA
Updated OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and has published a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. Updates will be posted to this webpage when they are available.
Who: Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses.
What: Covered establishments with 250 or more employees must electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), and 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report). Covered establishments with 20-249 employees must electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A.
When: The requirement becomes effective on January 1, 2017. The new reporting requirements will be phased in over two years. In 2017, all covered establishments must submit information from their completed 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. In 2018, covered establishments with 250 or more employees must submit information from all completed 2017 forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018, and covered establishments with 20-249 employees must submit information from their completed 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, covered establishments must submit the information by March 2.
How: OSHA will provide a secure website that offers three options for data submission. First, users will be able to manually enter data into a web form. Second, users will be able to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time. Last, users of automated recordkeeping systems will have the ability to transmit data electronically via an API (application programming interface). We will provide status updates and related information here as it becomes available.
- View the CSV instructions.
- Download a CSV file template.
- Download a CSV sample file.
- View the API technical specifications.
Frequently Asked Questions
The electronic reporting requirements are based on the size of the establishment, not the firm. The OSHA injury and illness records are maintained at the establishment level. An establishment is defined as a single physical location where business is conducted or where services or industrial operations are performed. A firm may be comprised of one or more establishments. To determine if you need to provide OSHA with the required data for an establishment, you need to determine the establishment's peak employment during the last calendar year. Each individual employed in the establishment at any time during the calendar year counts as one employee, including full-time, part-time, seasonal, and temporary workers.
All establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness information from OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301. Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain industries must electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A only.
OSHA will provide a secure website for the electronic submission of information. The website will include web forms for direct data entry and instructions for other means of submission (e.g. file uploads).
For establishments with 20-249 employees that are required to report, OSHA estimates that it will take a typical employer about 10 minutes to create an account and another 10 minutes to enter the required information from the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300A).
For establishments with 250 or more employees, OSHA estimates that it will take a typical employer about 10 minutes to create an account, 10 minutes to enter the required information from the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300A), and 12 minutes to enter the required information for each injury or illness recorded on their Log and Injury and Illness Incident Report forms (Forms 300 and 301).
Establishments must submit the information electronically and may not submit the information on paper. Employers who do not have the necessary equipment or internet connection may submit their data from a public facility, such as a library. OSHA also intends to provide an interface for entering data from a mobile device.
OSHA and the BLS are working to identify and minimize the burden on employers that are required to respond to both data collections. However, at this time you will need to provide both agencies with the required data through their separate collection vehicles.
The recording and reporting requirements of Part 1904 are establishment based. Under most circumstances, a campus is a single physical location and considered as a single establishment. Under limited conditions, you may consider two or more separate facilities that share a single location to be separate establishments. You may divide one location into two or more establishments only when: 1) Each facility represents a distinctly separate business; 2) Each facility is engaged in a different economic activity; 3) No one industry description applies to the joint activities of the establishments; and 4) Separate reports are routinely prepared for each establishment on the number of employees, their wages and salaries, sales or receipts, and other business information.
No, you only record the injury or illness once. You must enter the number of calendar days away for the injury or illness on the OSHA 300 Log for the year in which the injury or illness occurred. If the employee is still away from work because of the injury or illness when you prepare the annual summary, estimate the total number of calendar days you expect the employee to be away from work, use this number to calculate the total for the annual summary, and then update the initial log entry later when the day count is known or reaches the 180-day cap.
Yes, a firm with more than one establishment may submit establishment-specific data for multiple establishments. To do this, the firm will create one registration and follow the directions provided to submit data for multiple establishments. It is important to note that the electronic reporting requirements are for data at the establishment level, not the firm level. The submitted data must be specific for each individual establishment. Note that establishments under state plan jurisdiction must comply with state plan regulations. For more information about the regulations in individual state plans, see here: https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/osp/statestandards.html
Yes, just as a third party is allowed to maintain the injury and illness records for an employer, a third party is allowed to submit the data for that employer. However, as with recordkeeping, responsibility for the completeness and accuracy of the data lies with the employer, not the third party.
No. OSHA has provided a secure website for the electronic submission of information. The website includes web forms for direct data entry and instructions for other means of submission (e.g. file uploads).
The electronic reporting requirements are based on the industry classification of the establishment, not the industry classification of the firm. An establishment is defined as a single physical location where business is conducted or where services or industrial operations are performed. A firm may be comprised of one or more establishments. Two groups of establishments are required to electronically submit data to OSHA: (1) Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain industries, and (2) Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries subject to OSHA’s recordkeeping requirement. Establishments that are partially exempt from OSHA’s recordkeeping due to industry are not required to submit data, regardless of establishment size.