July 24, 2020
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration may soon release the 2016 injury and illness reports from thousands of workplaces pursuant to a settlement with a worker advocacy group.
OSHA has until August 18 to release the data, under the settlement reached with the Public Citizens Foundation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The data will comprise information employers submitted on Form 300A, which is mandated for all workplaces with 250 or more employees and with 20 to 249 employees in OSHA-designated hazardous industries. The forms record the number of workplace illnesses and injuries that require treatment beyond first aid or lead to a worker missing a day or more of work.
Outlook: Unless employer or employer groups intervene, expect the data to be released by August 18. This case could open the door to further such disclosures.