What is the time limit for submitting an ASAP?
The individual must voluntarily make initial notification of the event through one of the submission methods as soon as possible, but no more than 24 hours after the time of the event. If a report is submitted later than 24 hours after the occurrence of the event, the ERC will review all available information along with consideration to extenuating circumstances, which will determine whether the employee knew or should have known about the possible violation within 24 hours of its occurrence. If the employee knew or should have known about the apparent violation, then the report will not be included in ASAP. Otherwise, it will be included in ASAP, provided all other ASAP acceptance criteria have been met. For sole source reports that are solicited by the ERC because an event raises significant safety issues and it is essential to obtain this additional information to gain an understanding of the event, the ERC may waive the above criteria of this paragraph. Sole source reports obtained on this basis will be accepted under ASAP, provided all other acceptance criteria are met.