As expected, OSHA proposed today to extend the compliance deadline from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017 for submission of electronic records under its new recordkeeping rule. This is not surprising as OSHA has yet to make the portal available to the public.

Public comments on the proposed extension may be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov by July 13, 2017 which, of course, is past the current compliance deadline.

As a reminder, OSHA has stated that it will provide a secure website that offers three options for data submission. First, users will be able to manually enter data into a web form. Second, users will be able to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time. Last, users of automated recordkeeping systems will have the ability to transmit data electronically via an API (application programming interface).

We will keep an eye on further developments but it’s probably a safe bet that regardless of the public comments received, the compliance date will be pushed back.