In their new reporting rule, OSHA is trying to improve overall safety using behavioral economics and Nudge Theory. Basically, public reporting of information will encourage a focus on best practices and improved safety cultures within organizations. December 1, 2016 marked the first effective date for the revised 29 CFR 1904 regarding Workplace Injury and Illness Reporting; § 1904.36 Prohibition against discrimination, § 1904.35 Employee involvement. The employee anti-retaliation provides protection for the worker to report workplace injury or illness by prohibiting employers from practices that may discourage reporting. The major milestone will be the implementation of the electronic reporting rule. As of 2017, Employers are required to submit Form 300A, 300, and 301 electronically. The requirements will be phased in over two years and differ based on size and type of company. As part of this program, OSHA is implementing a secure website for submission of these forms. There will be three ways for Companies to submit these reports: manually, uploading a CSV file and via an API interface. According to OSHA, the website will go live in February 2017.
Medgate Industry Experts maintain key relationships with OSHA to ensure our solution provides our customers with the ability to meet changing requirements. Our new Portal and mobile functionality encourage reporting of incidents and illnesses by providing quick and easy access to all employees. These solutions allow companies to comply with § 1904.36 and § 1904.35. Medgate has a configurable API allowing electronic interaction with third party systems. As the OSHA sites goes live, Medgate will be leveraging our technology and communication to allow customers to submit the required forms via API. This will enable our customers to avoid duplicate reporting efforts. For more detailed information on the rule see the following link:
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Pam Bobbitt is Director of Channels and Product Marketing at Medgate where she is in charge of the expansion of Medgate’s partner program. She brings deep expertise in EHS processes and software to the role. Having trained as a Chemist, Pam spent over 15 years as an EHS professional in the pharmaceutical, chemical and automotive industries. Most recently, she has spent seven years at EHS Software vendors using her industry expertise to translate business requirements into successful software programs.More Content by Pamala Bobbitt