It’s That Time of Year ….. Time to get the OSHA 300 Summary Posted
Each February-April a summary of the previous year’s injury and illness record must be posted for employee inspection.
Employers are required by OSHA to complete Form 300, the Injury and Illness Log, and must post Form 300A, the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, by February 1, 2015.
OSHA, the Department of Labor’s Office of Safety & Health Administration, sets and enforces standards to assure safe and healthful working conditions. Under the OSHA Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA 300 Log. Form 300A, the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, must include the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2014 and be posted in a common area in the workplace from February 1 to April 30.
If your company had ten (10) or fewer employees at all times during the last calendar year, you do not need to keep OSHA injury and illness records unless OSHA or the BLS informs you in writing that you must keep records under § 1904.41 or § 1904.42. If your company had more than ten (10) employees at any time during the last calendar year, you must keep OSHA injury and illness records unless your establishment is classified as a partially exempt industry under § 1904.2.
New injury reporting requirements go into effect January 1, 2015
Beginning January 1, 2015, there was a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Employers will now be required to report:
- All work-related fatalities within 8 hours; and
- All in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.
Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.
The updated reporting requirements are not simply paperwork but have a life-saving purpose: they will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.
Employers have three options for reporting these severe incidents to OSHA:
- They can call OSHA during normal business hours –
Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH)
Toll-Free (855) 268-5251
- They can call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742), or
- They can report online at https://www.osha.gov/report_online/
For more information and resources, visit OSHA’s web page on the updated reporting requirements, or contact AmeriSource HR’s Risk and Safety Director, Ken Wollenberg at 602-908-0401 for specific reporting questions for your industry.