OSHA’s Electronic Reporting Rule
OSHA currently requires employers to keep track of their employees’ injuries and illness in an “OSHA log.” However, the agency has recently released a final rule that will also require some employers to submit these records electronically, so they can then be posted on OSHA’s website. Although the new rule will not change an employer’s requirements to complete and retain regular injury and illness records, some employers will have additional obligations. Here are the requirements for the new rule:
Businesses with 250 or more employees that are required to keep injury and illness records must electronically submit the following forms:
- OSHA Form 300: Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
- OSHA Form 300A: Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
- OSHA Form 301: Injury and Illnesses Incident Report
Businesses with 20-249 employees that work in industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses must electronically submit informationfrom OSHA Form 300A.
The final rule also includes provisions to encourage workers to report work-related injuries and illnesses to their employers and to prohibit employers from retaliating against workers for making those reports.
OSHA will post the establishment-specific injury and illness data it collects under the new recordkeeping rule on its public website, www.osha.gov. Additionally, the agency will remove any personally identifiable information (PII) before the data is released to the public. With the new rule, OSHA hopes that employers and researchers will be encouraged to find new and innovative ways to prevent injuries and illnesses at workplaces.
For more information on the recordkeeping rule, contact us at 402.399.8244. We can provide you with several comprehensive articles to keep your employees safe and your business in compliance with OSHA regulations.
OSHA Fines to Increase Beginning Aug. 1, 2016
As part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, OSHA will increase its penalties for the first time in over 25 years. Although financial penaltiesare meant to be increased regularly to encourage compliance with OSHA regulations, OSHA’s current penalties have not increased along with inflation.
OSHA recently revealed that it will increase its current penalties by 78 percent. As a result, the maximum penalty for “serious” violations will rise from $7,000 to $12,471, and the maximum penalty for “willful” and “repeated” violations will rise from $70,000 to $124,709. Additionally, the minimum penalty for “willful” violations—OSHA’s only minimum penalty—will rise from $5,000 to $8,908.
OSHA stated that the increased fines will help to deter safety violations, which will lead to fewer injuries and illnesses in workplaces across the country. Additionally, the agency believes that the increases will also benefit employers with no safety violations, as there will be a more level playing field when competing with employers who do not stay in compliance with OSHA regulations.
The fine increases will become effective on Aug. 1, 2016, for any violation that occurred after Nov. 2, 2015. Additionally, OSHA will increase its fines annually beginning in January 2017. For more information on the fine increases, visit OSHA’s website.
Does Your Business have Adequate Coverage?
M’s Pub the day after loss – 1/10/2016
Most Omaha business owners are aware M’s Pub suffered a horrific fire loss the weekend of January 9th, 2016. It is heartbreaking to learn about the families who lost their homes, the businesses ruined, and the loss of such a historic building. Learning about the adequacy of your insurance program should not be done after the loss! Unfortunately, many business owners and operators are unsure if they have adequate insurance program in place. A few questions to name:
• Will I be able to rebuild – how long to do?
• Do I have the proper documentation to prove my loss?
• Inventory of furnishings
• Inventory of items in storage
• Financial information on continuing my business
• Will I be able to retain my key employees
• Will goods in my freezer spoil
• How does my lease read in case of a large fire?
• Has my loss caused disruption to surrounding businesses?
• Do I want to rebuild – or move elsewhere?
• Do I always require a current certificate of insurance from every vendor who works within my business – do they have adequate limits?
• Will I be penalized for not carrying sufficient coverage & limits?
• How adequate is my information on credit card transactions?
• If my business has not suffered a fire loss, do I have coverage covering the interruption of utilities (telephone, gas, electricity)?
We are willing to provide a second opinion of your insurance program. Please call us at:
Consortio Group, LLC
9375 Burt Street, Suite 101
Omaha, NE 68114