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February Means It's Time to Post OSHA 300A

February 11, 2018
 
Every employer subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) should post the OSHA Form 300A, as of the start of this month.
 
The 300A form is a summary of job-related injuries and illnesses that a company logs on its OSHA form 300 during the year. Form 300A reports an employer’s total number of deaths, missed workdays, job transfers or restrictions, and injuries and illnesses, as recorded on Form 300. Form 300A also includes the number of workers at the company and the hours they worked for the year.
 
Only the summary must be posted between February 1 and April 30, 2018. The OSHA Form 300 must be available for inspection by employees as per federal law. The OSHA forms 300 and 300A are available from the OSHA website at www.osha.gov 
 
The summary must include the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2017 and that were logged on OSHA Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. To assist in calculating incidence rates, information about the annual average number of employees and total hours worked during the calendar year is also required.
 
If a company recorded no injuries or illnesses in 2017, the employer must enter "zero" on the total line. The form must be signed and certified by a company executive and then displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. 
 
Employers with 10 or fewer employees, and employers in certain industries, are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements. All employers covered by OSHA must comply with safety and health standards and 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.
 
Generally, only serious injuries that are the result of workplace activity should be included on the 300A. A serious injury is one that results in a fatality, loss of consciousness, days away from work, a restricted work schedule or job transfer, or a significant injury or illness diagnosis by a health care provider, or that requires medical treatment beyond basic first aid. Incidents that only require first aid should not be reported. 
 
If the injury involved is of a sensitive nature, such as sexual assault, then employers should write “privacy case” in the box for the worker’s name.
 
Companies are required to update and maintain records for five years plus the current year and provide them to OSHA investigators for inspection.
 
If you have any questions about how to complete the 300A form or what is a reportable event, please visit the OSHA web site
 
Need more information? Members of AIMMutual’s Injury Prevention team will join us at the AIM HR
Roundtables in February to discuss workplace safety. If you are interested in attending a Roundtable please contact Nicole Barrett at nbarrett@aimhrsolutions.com. 
 
Please contact the AIM hotline at 800-470-6277 if you have any questions about this or any other HR- related matter.
 
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