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. 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.

Nonexempt employers with more than 10 employees must track injuries and illnesses and post the form. Certain low-hazard industries are exempt. Businesses that employ fewer than 10 workers or those that fall into an exempt category must also record injuries if they are required to by OSHA or the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics for survey purposes. Only the summary must be posted; the log does not have to be displayed but must be available to employees, their representatives or OSHA inspectors. Companies with multiple job sites should keep a separate log and summary for each location that’s expected to be operational for at least a year. – See more at: http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/safetysecurity/articles/pages/osha-300a-form-due-feb.aspx#sthash.xTsBThXZ.dpuf

The 300A summary must be posted at each job site from Feb. 1 to April 30, in a conspicuous area where notices to employees are customarily placed. Copies of the form should be provided to any employees who may not see the posted summary because they do not regularly work onsite. Companies are required to update and maintain records for the current year and the following five years and provide them to OSHA investigators for inspection. Employers must also ensure that the annual summary is not altered, defaced or obscured during the posting period. – See more at:http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/safetysecurity/articles/pages/osha-300a-form-due-feb.aspx#sthash.xTsBThXZ.dpuf

On September 11, 2014, OSHA announced changes to the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records, and to the list of severe work-related injuries and illnesses that all covered employers must report to OSHA. These new requirements will go into effect on January 1, 2015 for workplaces under Federal OSHA jurisdiction.

All employers must report

1.All work-related fatalities within 8 hours.

2.All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours.

You can report to OSHA by

1.Calling OSHA’s free and confidential number at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).

2.Calling your closest Area Office during normal business hours.

3.Using the new online form that will soon be available.

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