This morning OSHA issued a press release announcing that it would be delaying the compliance date for its rule requiring most employers to electronically submit their injury and illness data to OSHA. The press release proposes pushing the compliance date back four months, from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. We previously reported on the rule, its requirements, and its significant impact last year.
In the press release, OSHA echoes the Trump administration’s earlier promise to review and reconsider any recently enacted administrative rules and regulations. While the press release makes no mention of abolishing the rule altogether, the language of the press release seems to indicate that such an action may be inevitable. OSHA will likely provide additional guidance on the future of the rule in late November. Stay tuned.