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May 15, 2018

California Employers Now Required to Submit OSHA 300A Electronically to Fed-OSHA

In January 2017, federal OSHA implemented a requirement that all employers in states regulated by Fed-OSHA participate in an annual electronic filing process to better track injury and illness data. Initially, employers in states (like California) who participated in a state-sponsored OSHA plan in lieu of Fed-OSHA were indicated to be exempt from the filing requirement unless the individual state adopted the requirement. However, on April 30, 2018, the U.S. DOL issued an OSHA Trade Release amending the requirement to extend to all states, including those who subscribe to a state-sponsored OSHA plan.

Affected California employers are advised to submit their 2017 Cal/OSHA 300A data through the Fed-OSHA portal by the July 1, 2018, deadline. Updates regarding the 300A reporting requirements can be found here. The classes of business who must comply with the electronic reporting process include:

  1. Any business with at least 250 employees.
  2. Any business with 20 to 249 employees who falls into one of several classifications including agriculture. (A complete list of the affected classifications can be found here.)

For instructions regarding the electronic filing process, please see federal OSHA’s ITA website.

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