CHA News Article

CHA Provides Update on OSHA Injury and Illness Electronic Reporting Requirement

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Fed/OSHA) electronic injury and illness reporting requirement originally required most employers to submit OSHA forms 300, 300A and 301 electronically beginning July 1. California has its own safety and health program, but the federal rules apply differently, which is causing confusion among employers. Cal/OSHA has drafted a proposed rulemaking package revising Title 8 sections 14300.35, 14300.36 and 14300.41, which is currently under review and not yet available on the agency’s website. Reportedly, the regulations will require California employers to use the federal portal; Cal/OSHA will not create a state-specific portal.

Further confusion stems from the fact that the Fed/OSHA compliance date for the regulations was moved from July 1 to Dec. 1. In addition, the current federal administration is reviewing the final rule. Even if the federal rule is implemented on Dec. 1, any federal change must be adopted by Cal/OSHA before it is effective in California. More information on the rule is available at www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/finalrule/index.html.

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