Employee Injuries OSHA Posting Requirements
Under the OSHA Record-keeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA 300 Log.
This information is important for employers, workers and OSHA in evaluating the safety of a workplace, understanding industry hazards, and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards.
What’s New ?
OSHA’s updated record-keeping rule expands the list of severe injuries that employers must report to OSHA.
Keeping Your Business in Compliance with OSHA – As of January 1, 2015, all employers must report;
- All work-related fatalities within 8 hours of finding out about it.
- All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours of learning about it.
Who is a Covered Employer?
Employers with more than ten employees at any time during the last calendar year and whose establishments are not classified as a partially exempt industry must record work-related injuries and illnesses using OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301, available here .
Partially exempt industries include establishments in specific low hazard retail, service, finance, insurance or real estate industries and are listed in Appendix A to Subpart B and here.
However, if a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye occurs at your establishment due to a work-related incident, you will still be required to report the event to OSHA.
When Must Form 300A be Posted?
Employers who are required to keep Form 300, the Injury and Illness log, must post Form 300A, the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, in a workplace every year from February 1 to April 30.
Current and former employees, or their representatives, have the right to access injury and illness records. Employers must give the requester a copy of the relevant record(s) by the end of the next business day.
Are State OSHA Plans the Same?
There are 27 states and U.S. territories that have their own OSHA-approved occupational safety and health programs called State Plans. State Plans are required to have standards that are at least as effective as OSHA’s.
To contact your State Plan about current record-keeping and reporting requirements, and when and how those requirements will change, please visit: https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/osp/index.html.
Is Your Business Covered or “Running Bare”?
If you own a business and have at least one employee you are exposed to injury related damages and lawsuits. Even clerical roles are exposed – ever heard of carpel-tunnel syndrome?