OSHA reminds employers to post injury and illness summaries
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers to post OSHA Form 300A, which lists a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2012. The form must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30.
The summary must include the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2012 and were logged on OSHA Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. To help calculate incidence rates, information about the annual average number of employees and total hours worked during the calendar year also is required. If a company recorded no injuries or illnesses in 2012, the employer must enter "zero" on the total line. The form must be signed and certified by a company executive. Form 300A should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees typically are posted.
Employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in certain industries typically are exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements. A complete list of exempt industries in the retail, services, finance, insurance and real estate sectors can be found by clicking here.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics still may select exempted employers to participate in an annual statistical survey. All employers covered by OSHA must comply with safety and health standards. All accidents that result in one or more fatalities or in the hospitalization of three or more employees must be reported verbally within eight hours to the nearest OSHA office.
Copies of OSHA Forms 300 and 300A are available in either Adobe PDF or Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet format by clicking here. For more information regarding recordkeeping requirements, visit OSHA's Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements Web page by clicking here.
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