OSHA 300 Logs
As Federal OSHA notes, “Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded”. The log allows two things, really: 1) compliance with OSHA – and making information available to employees about the relative safety of their work environment; and 2) it gives the employer a good summary of workplace injury and illness so they can assess trends and implement appropriate risk reduction methods.
Of course, employers must report any worker fatality within 8 hours and any amputation, loss of an eye, or hospitalization of a worker within 24 hours.
Your OSHA 300 records must be maintained at the worksite for at least five years. Each February through April, employers must post a summary of the injuries and illnesses recorded the previous year. Also, if requested, copies of the records must be provided to current and former employees, or their representatives.
Starting in 2017, many employers will be required to electronically submit the summary of injuries and illnesses to OSHA.
For more information see: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/RKforms.html