Posting deadline is Feb. 1
OSHA requires employers with 10 or more employees to record (Form 300) certain work-related injuries, including death, loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work activity or job transfers, or medical treatment beyond first aid. Employers need to also record the following conditions when work related:
- Needle stick injury or cut from a sharp object that is contaminated with another person’s blood or infectious material
- Any case requiring an employee’s removal under the requirement of an OSHA health standard
- Tuberculosis infection
- An employee’s hearing test reveals that the employee has experienced hearing loss has defined by OSHA’s standards
Employers who are required to keep Form 300, the Injury and Illness log, must post Form 300A, the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, in a workplace every year from Feb. 1 to April 30. 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.
For a company to be exempt from completing Form 300, it must have fewer than 10 employees throughout the previous calendar year. Part-time, temporary, and seasonal workers are to be included in the count. Also, the total number of employees in the whole company, not just a particular division, is the basis of the total.
In addition to the small employer exemption, certain industries are also exempt from completing Form 300 and posting Form 300A.