1. OSHA Will Not Accept 2016 OSHA Form 300A Info after December 31

Establishments with 250 or more employees are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, as are establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses. Note that the following OSHA-approved State Plans have not yet adopted the requirement to submit injury and illness reports electronically: CA, MD, MN, SC, UT, WA and WY.

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OSHA will continue accepting 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) until midnight on December 31, 2017. OSHA will not take enforcement action against those employers who submit their reports after the December 15, 2017, deadline but before December 31, 2017, final entry date. Starting January 1, 2018, the ITA will no longer accept the 2016 data.

 2. The Fall Protection – Training Requirements Standard May be Scrutinized More Heavily in 2018

Each year, OSHA takes an inventory and releases its list of top 10 violations for the year. The only new violation to make the list this year was Fall Protection – Training Requirements. It came in as the ninth most common violation type, with 1,724 citations occurring during the fiscal year.

The Fall Protection – Training Requirements falls under standard number 1926.503 of the OSHA handbook, and mandates that:

“The employer shall provide a training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. The program shall enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling and shall train each employee in the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards.”

In construction, the height at which employees are considered at risk and needing fall prevention training is 6 feet, so companies should be prepared to train all workers who may be asked to work at such heights to follow all best practices and use correct safety equipment.