February is OSHA posting time!
OSHA requires that employers with 10 or
more employee maintain records of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. Some low hazard employers are exempted from this regulation. Click for a list of exempt employers. Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded.
Reporting Serious Injuries – All employers, regardless of size or industry must report any worker fatality within 8 hours and any amputation, loss of an eye or hospitalization of a worker within 24 hours. These events can be reported online or by phone.
Maintaining and Posting Records – OSHA logs and supporting records must be maintained at the worksite for a period of five years. Each February through April the employer must post a summary of injuries and illnesses recorded during the prior year. This form is part of the OSHA 300 form set.
Electronic Submission of OSHA 300A Data – Any employer with 250 or more employees must submit their OSHA 300A summary data to OSHA electronically. There is a list of establishments that must also report their 300A summary data to OSHA. These establishments will report if they have 20 or more employees but less than 250 employees.
The Injury Tracking Application (ITA) is accessible from the ITA launch page, where you can provide the Agency your OSHA Form 300A information. The date by which the above noted employers are required to submit to OSHA the information from their completed Form 300A is March 2nd of the year after the calendar year covered by the form.
Incident Rate Calculations – Your OSHA 300 data has some of the values needed for calculating your total incident rate and your days away, restricted or transferred (DART) rate. You can download fillable PDF forms from OSHA. A detailed calculator that allows you to benchmark your business against both state specific and national trends can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculator.
Incident and DART rates are often used in qualifying contractors and suppliers for bids. Making sure your data is sound for these calculations can be an important step in qualifying for some business opportunities.
The incident rates may be used by insurers when evaluating workers compensation and general liability exposures. Companies that have a higher than average injury rate or a higher than average rate of serious injuries as indicated by the DART rate may have less attractive terms and conditions for insurance coverage.
First Aid Only Cases – OSHA requires that only serious injuries or illnesses be recorded. There are criteria to define a first aid event. You should be familiar with these requirements and use them in your recordkeeping process. It is not in your interest to have incidents that are not recordable on your OSHA log. Click here for the OSHA first aid definition
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