OSHA’s recordkeeping regulations (29 CFR 1904) require covered employers to maintain records of serious occupational illnesses and injuries using the OSHA 300 Log.  The information contained in this log aids in the evaluation of workplace safety, understanding industry hazards and implementing protections to reduce and/or eliminate hazards.

Each year, from February 1st until April 30th, employers with more than 10 employees must post OSHA Form 300A. This form must be posted in a conspicuous location to alert employees to injuries and illnesses that occurred in the workplace the prior year. Current and former employees, or their representatives, have the right to access injury and illness records. Employers must give the requester a copy of the relevant record(s) by the end of the next business day.

OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301 (including instructions) can be downloaded from the OSHA Website at www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/RKforms.html.

NOTE:  Certain industries are partially exempt from this recordkeeping requirement.  See http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9633 for more information about the exemption.

Contributed by Christine Crews, SPHR, is Vice President of Human Resource Services for the Employers Association Forum, Inc. (EAF). EAF is a non-profit corporate membership-based association dedicated to serving the business and HR communities with world-class HR tools, hotlines & legal compliance, news & trends, surveys & economic data, benefits & insurance, risk management, training & consulting, and leadership & organizational development. HCCMO members receive discounted rates on all EAF classroom training at EAF’s training center in Longwood.  Click here for currently scheduled programs: http://www.eafinc.org/online_store/training/default_training.html or www.eafinc.org

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