The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904) requires employers to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 Log. OSHA Recordkeeping regulations are sometimes difficult to interpret, especially if your company experiences a low number of injuries. Not understanding these regulations because you don’t have injuries is a good reason, but it is not an excuse to incorrectly document work related injuries and illnesses.
If you are an employer with 10 or more employees and not on the list of exempt industries, you are subject to the requirements for recording work related injuries/illnesses. However, there are also reporting requirements that all employers are subject to regardless of the number of employees or type of industry.
Work related injuries and illnesses must be documented using certain forms and employers are required to post a summary of injuries/illnesses in the workplace from February 1st – April 30th.
EFS hopes that by providing you with some tools and resources to help you with injuries/illnesses recordkeeping and reporting, we will help take some of the pain out of this process.
- OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule – https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/index.html
- Frequently Asked Questions for OSHA’s Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Rule – https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/entryfaq.html