There is big news today in occupational safety and health: OSHA released its long-awaited electronic record-keeping rule (called “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses”). The official publication date of the final rule in the Federal Register will be tomorrow, May 12, 2016.

The rule requires annual (not quarterly, as OSHA originally proposed) electronic submission of OSHA 300, 300A and 301 forms for many employers. OSHA will then post the data in a publicly searchable database. The rule also provides new guidance on safety incentive programs, procedures for employees reporting injuries and illnesses, and post-incident drug testing.

For a thorough analysis of the new rule, please see Tressi Cordaro’s write-up today in our sister blog, the OSHA Law Blog.