OSHA Deadlines—Are You on Time?

February 1st each year, employers, if required by OSHA to keep injury and illness records, must post their OSHA 300 Log Summary (form 300A). 

You can find the OSHA record keeping instructions and forms at the following website:  https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/RKforms.html

Does my company need to complete these forms?

All employers are required to complete this recordkeeping unless they have 10 or fewer employees during all of the last calendar year or the business is classified in a specific low-hazard retail, service, finance, insurance, or real estate industry.  Click on the following link to see a list of Partially Exempt Industries.

What injuries and illnesses need to be recorded?

OSHA provides specific instruction on how to record and classify injuries and illnesses at your workplace.  Those instructions can be found here in the OSHA publication Forms for Recording, and in more detail is provided in the Recordkeeping section of the OSHA standards at 29 CFR 1904.

Also, from 29 CFR 1904.39, “Employers in Federal OSHA jurisdiction must orally report to OSHA the death of any employee from a work-related incident or the in-patient hospitalization of three or more employees as a result of a work-related incident within eight (8) hours.” 

Where do I post the Summary (form 300A)?

At the end of the year post the 300 Log Summary (form 300A) in a visible location so that your employees are aware of the injuries and illnesses occurring in their workplace.  Employers must keep a Log for each establishment or site. 

If you have more than one establishment, you must keep a separate Log (form 300) and Summary (form 300A) for each physical location that is expected to be in operation for one year or longer.  Complete details on posting of the form 300A are available at 29 CFR 1904.32.

How long do I need to post the summary?

Employers are to keep records of workplace injuries and illness throughout the calendar year.  At the end of that year, post their OSHA 300 Log summary (300A) from February 1 to April 30.

Additional information on the OSHA Injury and Illness recordkeeping requirements can be found at:  http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html