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October 2016
OSHA Form 300-Log of Work-Related Injuries & Illnesses Update


 






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Dear Don,
Employers Beware! 
Increased Cal/OSHA Violations for Failing to Properly Complete
OSHA Injury Log 300 Forms
 

How To Complete An OSHA Form 300
Log of Work-Related Injuries & Illnesses

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Cindy Williams
Did you know that recently, Cal-OSHA issued many employers violations for failing to properly complete OSHA Injury Log 300 forms? Below is a brief overview that helps you comply with those requirements.

CalWorkSafety.com helps employers comply with OSHA and defend against citations. As a safety consultant, I am here to assist you with any questions.

Many but not all employers must complete the OSHA injury and illness record-keeping forms on an ongoing basis. Employers with 10 or fewer employees throughout the previous calendar year do not need to complete these forms.

Said another way, if there are more than 10 employees at any time during a calendar year, the employer may come under the requirement. When counting employees, you must include full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal workers.  No exceptions!

This exemption is based on the employment of the entire company rather than the establishment. Example: if a company has two establishments, one with five employees and one with seven employees, the company must fill out the forms for each establishment because the company employment is greater than 10.

In addition the small employer receives an exemption based on the type of industry they are in. For example, the forms do not need to be completed for restaurants, banks, and medical offices. A complete list of exempt industries can be requested from CalWorkSafety.com.

Even exempt establishments must report to the local OSHA office within eight hours any fatality or incident involving an employee who is hospitalized overnight, suffers any amputation even of a tip of a finger or toe, or sustains third degree burns. 

                              What Forms  Must Be Completed
 
  • OSHA Form 300 - Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
  • OSHA Form 301 - Injury and Illness Incident Report
  • OSHA Form 300A - Summary of Work-Related Injuries/Illnesses
These three forms MUST be completed by the employer. OSHA forms 300 & 301 are maintained on an ongoing basis. Recordable injuries and illnesses must be entered on these forms as they occur throughout the year. The OSHA Form 300A is completed after the end of the year, summarizing the number of recordable cases that occurred.
                        
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 Work-related injuries and illnesses that result in death, loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work activity, transfer to another job, or medical treatment beyond first aid must be recorded on the OSHA forms. 
   
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