OSHA announced last week that it was temporarily shutting down a portal for employers to report injuries and illnesses while the agency investigates a “potential compromise” of a company’s electronic data.
The Homeland Security Department informed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on August 14 that “there is a potential compromise of user information for OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA),” according to the Department of Labor official. Access to the ITA has been temporarily suspended as OSHA works with the system developer to examine the issue to determine the extent of the problem and the potential impact to the portal. Users trying to access the portal will find an alert noting, “due to technical difficulties with the website, some pages are temporarily unavailable.” It is unclear whether this security breach will impact or further delay the compliance date for the submission of employer injury and illness information, which is December 1, 2017. Stay tuned for more information.
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