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February 2017

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Will Oregon OSHA require employers to electronically submit a summary of their employees' injuries and illnesses to OSHA?

I have heard that, starting in 2017, many employers will be required to electronically submit a summary their employees' injuries and illnesses to OSHA. Will Oregon OSHA be requiring Oregon employers to do the same thing?

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Yes. On Nov. 10, 2016, Oregon OSHA adopted changes to its Division 1 requirements for reporting workplace injuries and illnesses to align them with federal OSHA's requirements. (As part of its state plan agreement with federal OSHA, Oregon OSHA's rules must be at least as affective as OSHA's.)

The key changes in Oregon OSHA's Division 1 rule – 437-001-0700, Recording Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – become effective May 1, 2017. Among the changes, the rule requires employers to electronically submit injury and illness records to federal OSHA annually if they are in one of the following categories:

  • They had 250 or more employees at any time during the previous calendar year and are required to maintain an OSHA 300 log.
  • They are in an industry listed in the rule and had 20 or more employees but fewer than 250 employees at any time during the previous calendar year.

You can find more information about the requirements on Oregon OSHA's website.

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