As many of us know; all employers are required to keep OSHA Form 300 (Injury and Illness Log) records throughout the year and must post Form 300A. This annual summary of job-related illness and injuries, must be posted in the workplace by February 1, 2018. The OSHA 300-A from should be posted in common areas, comparable to locations of labor and employment posters, workers compensation certification and paid family leave certification (break rooms, meeting rooms, kitchens, etc.). The summary must include the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2017.
Areas to remember:
- Posting Period: The posting period starts on February 1, 2018 and ends on April 30, 2018.
- What is a Form 300A: The form reports a business’s total number of fatalities, missed workdays, job transfers or restrictions, and injuries and illnesses as recorded on the OSHA Form 300. The information posted should also include the number of employees and the hours they worked for the year. No recordable illnesses or injuries? However, an organization must still post the form, with zeroes on the appropriate lines.
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“The Trump administration continues to look for ways to lessen the regulatory burden on employers. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) electronic recordkeeping regulation continues to be whittled down. OSHA’s latest Regulatory Agenda sets out new changes to the already beleaguered rule. Specifically, OSHA intends to propose to amend the Electronic Recordkeeping rule to eliminate the requirement that establishments with 250 or more employees submit OSHA 300 Logs and 301 forms. Instead, two types of establishments would continue to submit 300A summary forms: (1) establishments of 250 or more employees; and (2) establishments with between 20 and 249 employees in the high-hazard industries listed in Appendix A to the regulation. Employers with establishments meeting these criteria electronically submitted OSHA 300A summaries with 2016 data on or before December 31, 2017 and will submit their calendar year 2017 summaries by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019, and every year thereafter, covered establishments must submit the information by March 2.”[i]
As we see with many of the HR laws and regulations, OSHA is continuing to evolve and change under the new administration. Ensure that you are monitoring for recent or upcoming changes and posting as required under the federal and state law. Public sector rules will vary as well. If you have questions, seek guidance. Safety rules and regulations can be complex, just as HR laws and regulations are.