Posted on 02/15/2013, by Jeremy Edsall
OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Injury and Illness Summaries
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers to post OSHA Form 300A, which lists a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during the previous year. This form is required to be posted anytime between Feb. 1 and April 30.
The summary must include the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred and recorded on OSHA Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. To assist in calculating incidence rates, information about the annual average number of employees and total hours worked during the calendar year is also required. If a company recorded no injuries or illnesses, the employer must enter "zero" on the total line. The form must be signed and certified by an executive of the business. Post Form 300A in a common area where notices to employees are displayed.
Employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in certain industries are exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements. For a list of exempt industries click here.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics may still select exempted employers to participate in an annual statistical survey. All employers covered by OSHA need to comply with safety and health standards. All accidents that result in one or more fatalities or the hospitalization of three or more employees must be reported verbally within eight hours to the nearest OSHA office.
Copies of OSHA Forms 300 and 300A are available on the OSHA.GOV website in either Adobe PDF or Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet format. For more information on recordkeeping requirements, visit the OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements Web page.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.