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California’s Ag and Other Specific Industries Receive OSHA Reporting Advisory

If you’re a California employer with 20+ employees in an affected industry like agriculture, you need to know this.

There’s no state rule yet, nevertheless, Cal/OSHA has advised employers to comply with a Federal OSHA directive to provide only Form 300A data covering calendar year 2017. Federal OSHA requires affected employers to submit their data by July 1, 2018.

Starting next year, affected companies must provide the data by March 2.

If you’re an agriculture company with more than 250 employees and you’re required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, or you’re a company with 20-249 employees that is classified with historically high rates of occupational injury and illness, this new advisory pertains to you..

Ag organizations (as well as other industries) were required to electronically submit Log 300 employee injury and illness data in the Federal OSHA Injury Tracking Application (ITA) online portal starting July 1st2018.

Covered establishments with 250 or more employees are now required to provide their 2017 Form 300A summary data only. Federal OSHA is not accepting Form 300 and 301 information at this time.

Federal OSHA will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to reconsider, revise, or remove provisions of the “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” final rule, including the collection of the Forms 300/301 data.

These days, California businesses need assistance navigating through new rules and advisories. I can advise you to make sure you are protected and prepared to deal with any Workers’ Comp situation.