8 December 2017
The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to check whether there are any new developments on the regulatory front. This year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has introduced some changes to its record-keeping and reporting rules, requiring certain types of organizations to submit their 300A form electronically by December 1, 2017. The 300A is the summary form that highlights the number of work-associated injuries and illnesses that have occurred in an organization during the past year. Those employers that must electronically submit the form include ones that have more than 250 employees or are considered high-hazard employers. This would include most hospitals, nursing care facilities, ambulatory care providers and other rehabilitation organizations. In 2018, these organizations will be required to electronically submit the OSHA 300 and 301 forms as well—these go into greater detail about the illnesses and injuries. Note that noncompliance has gotten more expensive as OSHA has significantly increased its penalties in recent years, with the maximum ones climbing by 78 percent.
In addition to OSHA, there are other agencies making slight modifications for 2018. For information on how Stericycle can help your organization understand new and emerging regulations and how to realize consistent compliance, call 855-602-6279.
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