OSHA Recordkeeping Updates & 2015 Posting Deadline
It is that time of year once again. Yes I mean it is time to prepare and post your OSHA Form 300A forms. Employers who are required to keep Form 300, the Injury and Illness log, must post Form 300A, the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, in a workplace every year from February 1 to April 30. Current and former employees, or their representatives, have the right to access injury and illness records. Employers must also give the requester a copy of the relevant record(s) by the end of the next business day.
OSHA’s updated recordkeeping rule expands the list of severe injuries that employers must report to OSHA. As of January 1, 2015, all employers must report;
- All work-related fatalities within 8 hours
- All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours
You can report to OSHA by
- Calling OSHA’s free and confidential number at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742)
- Calling your closest Area Office during normal business hours
- Using the new online form that will soon be available at www.OSHA.gov
Only fatalities occurring within 30 days of the work-related incident must be reported to OSHA. Further, for an in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye, these incidents must be reported to OSHA only if they occur within 24 hours of the work-related incident.