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OSHA ITA Information

In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule requiring certain employers to submit their workplace injury and illness data electronically. OSHA began the process of collecting establishment data in 2017, launching the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) as a means for employers to provide this information. Recognizing that some Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) respondents may also be required to report to OSHA, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and OSHA are conducting efforts to reduce duplicative burden.

Since 2017, BLS has conducted research to determine the extent to which OSHA-collected data may be incorporated in the SOII. Beginning in 2019, SOII respondents were asked to provide their OSHA identification number in order to better understand the linkages in information provided to these two programs. Below is a brief summary of the research being conducted by BLS, and a list of commonly asked questions.

For further questions, please contact us at IIFStaff@bls.gov or (202) 691-6170.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is OSHA electronic reporting the same thing as the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses?

    No. OSHA's electronic reporting requirements do not change requirements for completing the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. BLS recognizes that in some cases employers will be required to report information to both OSHA and BLS, and will continue efforts to make the submission process as convenient as possible.

  2. Can we submit data to only BLS or OSHA?

    No. If you receive a mandatory survey from BLS and are required to provide information to OSHA, you must submit it to both agencies.

  3. Will BLS use OSHA-collected data for the SOII?

    Data collected by OSHA do not currently meet BLS requirements for producting accurate and statistically valid estimates. Additional research is necessary to determine if or how BLS may be able to utilize data collected by OSHA. BLS is currently evaluating methodologies that may allow for use of OSHA-collected data in the future as a way to minimize reporting burden.

  4. Where can I find additional information regarding OSHA's recordkeeping rule requiring employers to electronically submit injury and illness data?

    Visit OSHA's website for additional information on their recordkeeping rule requiring employers to electronically submit injury and illness data to OSHA. Additional questions should be directed to OSHA.


Research

Completed Research Current Research

FY2018

Research to identify various approaches to combining injury and illness data in the SOII with the administrative records reported directly to OSHA.

Outputs include:
  1. A comprehensive literature review that discusses in detail various approaches to combining survey data with administrative records as it pertains to the SOII and OSHA records. [See report here]
  2. A methodology report that presents possible approaches for combining the SOII data with the OSHA administrative records in order to create a set of estimates and associated variances. [See report here]

FY2019

Research to perform unit level linkage of the reference year 2016 ITA data to both the SOII and the SOII sample frame.

Outputs include:
  1. A methodology for combining the files.
  2. Programs to implement the matching methodology.

OSHA Final Rules

OSHA has released several final rules pertaining to electronic reporting, listed below:

  • 84 FR 380: Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses - January 25, 2019
  • 82 FR 225: Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses: Delay of Compliance Date - November 24, 2017
  • 81 FR 92: Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses - May 12, 2016

  • For further information, visit OSHA's website, or see OSHA's latest federal register notices.

     

     

    Last Modified Date: July 1, 2019