OSHA Puts a Spotlight on Injury Data

A new final rule will allow OSHA to “nudge” employers into reducing injury and illness in the workplace by publicizing their data on the agency’s website. As of August 10, 2016, establishments in certain high-hazard industries with 250 or more employees must electronically submit injury and illness information from Forms 300, 300A, and 301; establishments with between 20-249 employees must submit Form 300A only. OSHA believes that these new requirements will have the same effect as the requirement for restaurants to post their health department sanitation scores–to encourage better safety practices through public exposure. Additionally, the large trove of data, which will be scrubbed of personally identifiable information, will be a boon to researchers studying injury causality, safety hazards, and the efficacy of injury prevention programs. Read the rule here.