Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), certain covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 log. This information is important in evaluating workplace safety, understanding industry hazards and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards. Workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction must post their OSHA 300A form which is a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2014 as indicated in their OSHA 300 log form. The 300A summary form must be posted between February 1 and April 30, 2015.

Not everyone is required to keep these records and post a 300A summary form. There are two classes of employers that are partially exempt from routinely keeping injury and illness records. First, employers with ten or fewer employees at all times during the previous calendar year are exempt from routinely keeping OSHA injury and illness records. Second, establishments in certain low-hazard industries are also partially exempt from routinely keeping OSHA injury and illness records. In addition, beginning January 1, 2015 there will be a new updated list of industries that will be partially exempt from keeping OSHA records.

There are also a few new requirements in 2015 regarding the reporting for certain types of injuries and illnesses which I have listed below.

  1. All work-related fatalities must be reported within 8 hours.
  2. All work-related inpatient hospitalization, all amputations and losses of an eye must be reported within 24 hours.

These injuries can be reported to OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), by calling your closest area office during normal business hours or by using the new online form which will soon be available.

For more information regarding any of these changes, please reference the OSHA recordkeeping website.

-Mike Dilley