If you have 10 or more employees and subject to the recordkeeping requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act you need to post the OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, between February 1, 2017 and April 30, 2017. This is a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded. The Form 300A lists the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during the previous year and must be posted even if no work-related injuries or illnesses occurred during the year. It should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted so that employees are aware of the injuries and illnesses that have occurred in the workplace. A company executive must review the OSHA 300 Log and certify that the annual summary is correct and complete.
Do all companies with 10 or more employees have to do this?
No, some companies may be partially exempt if they are in an industry that is typically safer than average, like legal offices, accounting offices, insurance agencies, advertising agencies, etc. Such organizations are not required to keep OSHA injury and illness records unless they are asked in writing to do so by OSHA, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), or a state agency operating under the authority of OSHA or the BLS.
The Big Exception?
All employers, including those partially exempted by reason of company size or industry classification, must report to OSHA any workplace incident that results in a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye.
So let’s stay safe out there!