OSHA expects all companies (across industries) with 10 or more employees to maintain records of serious injuries and illnesses except those exempted based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from 2007, 2008, and 2009. This was revised in 2015, before which the list of industries was based on the old Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system and injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from 1996, 1997, and 1998.
Work-related injuries and/or illnesses that lead to death, unconsciousness, absenteeism, limited work activity or job transfer, or medical treatment beyond first aid need to be recorded and submitted using OSHA 300 form. This also applies to temporary employees injured at the company’s worksite. This OSHA 300 log must be kept for a year and updated regularly.
Employers are expected to maintain records about serious injuries and illnesses at the worksite for at least five years. Between February and April, a summary of the injuries and illnesses recorded in the previous year must be posted to the OSHA site by the employers.
Not submitting the form or not submitting the correct form can attract penalties, which have been increasing since 2016 and rose by 7.75 percent this year.
Accurate and thorough record-keeping not only helps employers comply with OSHA regulations but also provides valuable information that can be used to identify workplace hazards and prevent future incidents.
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