The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Standard 1904 requires certain employers to maintain records of work-related injuries in the Form 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries & Illnesses. Each year these employers must post a summary of the 300 Log, known as the OSHA 300A log, in a visible location for all employees to see what injuries are occurring in their workplace.
While all employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health act fall under the requirements of OSHA Standard 1904, only employers of a certain size and industries are required to keep a log of workplace injuries & illnesses.
If your company had 10 or fewer employees at all times during the previous calendar year, or you are classified as a partially exempt industry, you do not need to post the OSHA 300A log unless you have been asked in writing to do so by OSHA or the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Your OSHA 300A Log must be posted from February 1st to April 30th, in a common area where any employee can easily see it. This log summarizes all OSHA Recordable incidents that took place at each of your company’s locations during the previous calendar year. Before posting on February 1st, the log must be signed and certified by a company executive.
There are tools available to assist in creating your 300A summary, such as safety incident reporting software that helps you manage OSHA recordkeeping and can automatically generate your 300A for you with just a few clicks.
Safety professionals should also be aware that in 2017, OSHA published the Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses to require organizations in high risk industries to electronically submit their 300A summary log to OSHA directly, in addition to posting it in their workplace.
Organizations that meet OSHA’s electronic submission requirements must upload their 300A summary of the previous calendar year to OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application before March 2nd. Luckily we have an article on how to use OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application and how to properly format the file.
For more information about how to achieve accurate recordkeeping in the workplace, contact IndustrySafe about our OSHA recordkeeping software.