OSHA Hopes to Better Protect Personally Identifiable Information

OSHA Hopes to Better Protect Personally Identifiable Information

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announces plans to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to better protect personally identifiable information or data that could be re-identified with a particular individual. OSHA plans on accomplishing this by removing provisions of the "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses" rule.

According to OSHA, the proposed rule eliminates the requirement to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) for establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to maintain injury and illness records. These establishments would be required to electronically submit information only from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).

OSHA also mentioned that under the current recordkeeping rule, the deadline for electronic submission of Calendar Year (CY) 2017 information from OSHA Forms 300 and 301 was July 1, 2018. In subsequent years, the deadline is March 2.

It's important to note that OSHA is not currently accepting the Form 300 or 301 data and will not enforce the deadlines for these two forms without further notice while this rulemaking is underway.

The electronic portal collecting Form 300A data is accepting CY 2017 data, although submissions after July 1, 2018, will be marked late.

Stay tuned. We will be monitoring this proposed rule closely.