The controversial Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting rule from OSHA was supposed to go into effect on December 1, 2017, but OSHA has recently delayed that enforcement to allow those affected to become familiar with the new electronic reporting system.
On November 22, OSHA delayed the date by which employers have to submit their injury and illness data to the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) from December 1 to December 15, amounting to a two week delay.
This year, all companies that employ at least 20 employees must submit their OSHA Form 300A. Next year, employers that have over 250 employees will be required to submit forms 300, 300A, and 301 by July 1, 2018. Those with 20-249 employees will still only be required to submit form 300A, also by July 1, 2018. In 2019 and future years, all applicable information must be submitted by March 2.
Not all states are required to submit their reports electronically, as several are covered by OSHA-approved state plans that haven’t adopted the requirement. Those states are: California, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
OSHA is also continuing to review all of the other requirements of the injury and illness reporting rules and plans to issue a notice in 2018, which could remove or revise certain components.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of 3 different drills manufactured by Black & Decker due to safety concerns.
Just over a year ago, in September of 2017, Hurricane Irma blew through Miami, Florida, bringing extremely high speed wind with it. The wind caused 3 cranes to collapse in southern Florida, 2 in downtown Miami and 1 more in Ft. Lauderdale. Interesting video of the dismantling of one of the failed cranes was shared on Youtube.
In September of 2017, OSHA’s new standard on exposure to respirable crystalline silica went into effect in the construction industry. The rule lowered the allowable exposure to the harmful substance to 50 micrograms per cubic meter, a measurement that we’re all familiar with [/sarcasm]. After a full year of enforcement, OSHA is considering making a change to the rule.
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Last week, we shared some newly updated Trenching and Excavation safety information from OSHA, which was part of their priority goals for 2018. Those updates included a public service announcement and updated online resources. The administration has just announced the update of their National Emphasis Program (NEP) on trenching and excavation safety, which features a period of education and prevention outreach.
Earlier this year, it was announced that reducing injuries and deaths caused by trenching and excavation collapses would be a priority goal for OSHA in 2018. The administration planned to achieve this through increased inspection rates, public service announcements (PSA), updating online resources, and creating a better public-private partnership. Recently, OSHA made good on their promise to issue PSAs and update their online resources.
In a time where many industry groups are strongly fighting against new regulations of any kind, more than 130 organizations have co-signed a petition for OSHA to establish a national standard for heat protection across many industries.
As other organizations, like the NTSB, are busy analyzing the root cause of the pedestrian bridge collapse that killed 6 people and injured 8 others in Florida in March, OSHA has finished their investigation and issued safety violations to 5 different contractors.