Does the thought of a surprise OSHA inspection keep you up at night?
Throughout the month of February, we’ll be bringing you up to speed on important Workers’ Compensation topics – from OSHA requirements, to communication, to physicians and safety programs. We’ll keep it short so you can get back to making sure your workplace is running smoothly!
Did you know, employers with more than 10 staff members are required to record every work-related injury or illness on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Form 300 Log?
OSHA investigators have the right to arrive at your workplace unannounced and inspect your logs and procedures.* If they find any issues of noncompliance, they might assess fees of an amount they deem commensurate with the offenses, and will be more likely to come again in the future to ensure your company followed through on the requirements.
From Feb. 1 through April 30 of each year, those employers keeping a Form 300 must post a summary of the prior year’s incidents on Form 300A. To complete this summary, total the columns on the 300 log. You must also list the year-end headcount as well as the total hours worked by all employees covered.
The logs must be posted in a conspicuous location, with a clear differentiation between recordable incident, restricted workdays and lost workdays. The posting cannot be altered or covered.
The form must be certified as true by a “company executive” such as an owner, officer, or highest-ranking leader at that location.
Even if there were no reportable injuries, the form still needs to be posted.
Form 300 and Form 300A can be found here.