OSHA 300 Forms for Recording Work-Related Injures and Illnesses
Without a doubt, being an employer is not an easy task, not only because of the professional aspect of managing employees but also due to being held responsible for their safety in the workplace. Among all, it is the employer’s duty to ensure comfortable and safe working conditions for their staff. However, sometimes we still happen to find out about some incidents or accidents that occur during the work process and in which people get harmed severely and not. If and when such an unpleasant occurrence takes place, it is mandatory that an employer should record and report the event according to the OSHA Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904). It must be done in a specially created OSHA 300 Log consisting of OSHA 300 Forms (300 and 300A).
Who needs OSHA 300 Forms?
OSHA Forms for Recording Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses are used by employers to record work-related injuries and illnesses that lead to death, loss of consciousness, days away from work, limited work activity or job transfer, or medical treatment beyond first aid.
Why do employers need OSHA 300 Forms?
The information provided by OSHA forms is an important asset for helping employers, workers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration evaluate the safety of a workplace, figure out possible workplace hazards, and ensure worker protections to cut down and prevent risks.
Do OSHA 300 Forms require any accompaniment?
OSHA Forms include several parts: Form 300 (also called the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), Form 300A (the yearly Summary of total cases in each category) and Form 301(Injury and Illness Incident Report).
Form 300 is necessary for classification of work-related injuries and illnesses; it also gives the information on the extent and severity of each case. When an incident occurs, the specific details of what happened and how it happened should be recorded in the Log.
When are OSHA 300 Forms due?
Form 300 must be kept for five years following the year to which they pertain. The Summary must be mailed to OSHA by February 1 of the year following the year covered by the Form.
How should OSHA 300 Forms be filled out?
Whenever an injury or illness incident takes place, the corresponding records are to be included to the Log (OSHA Form 300) by the employer. The Injury and Illness Report (OSHA Form 301) should provide the appropriate information as well. Based on the Log, the Summary (Form 300A) is supposed to be filled out at the end of the year.
What is the employer supposed to do with the completed OSHA Forms?
If the company has more than one physical location, the records on OSHA forms should be kept in all operating establishments or sites.
There isn’t a strict regulation about OSHA Log to be sent anywhere unless the employer is specifically asked to do so. However, the Summary is supposed to be directed to the OSHA agency by February 1 of the following year.