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OSHA Delays Deadline for Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Logs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it will extend the July 1, 2017 deadline for electronic submission of employers’ injury and illness logs. 

The agency has added a statement to its website notifying employers that “OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically.”

On May 17, 2017, OSHA also distributed an email to stakeholders, but the email did not state the expected extent of the delay. As to timing, the agency stated, “Currently, we do not have any additional information about the timeline for this.  We will let you know as additional information, including a proposed extension date, is available.”

OSHA maintains a number of resources regarding its recordkeeping requirements, including web pages on the injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements and the 2016 final rule regarding electronic submissions and retaliation notices as well as an injury tracking application.

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Matthew Linton, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Litigation Attorney
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Matthew Linton advises clients on a broad range of workplace and environmental safety and health issues, employment matters, and government investigations throughout the nation. He routinely handles the legal and crisis response to workplace accidents and fatalities and safety related whistleblower complaints with agencies such as OSHA, MSHA, CSB, DOT, EPA, and others. Linton also crafts risk management strategies to avoid government entanglement with a variety of federal and state agencies.

Arthur Sapper, Administrative and Regulatory Attorney, Ogletree Deakins, Law Firm
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Arthur G. Sapper is Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Ogletree Deakins, where he practices administrative and regulatory law. Art focuses his practice on all areas of occupational safety and health (OSHA) law and mine safety and health (MSHA) law, including inspections, discrimination investigations, litigation, rulemaking, counseling and lobbying.

Art litigates regularly before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, the federal appellate courts and various administrative bodies. He is a frequent author for EHS Today magazine.

Art has testified several times before Congress on OSHA issues. He was chosen by EHS TODAY magazine as among “The 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS in 2012-13.” He was also so chosen in 2010 and 2011.

Before joining the Firm, Art held the position of deputy general counsel of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. He is also a former special counsel and