Thursday, February 2, 2017

OSHA Employer Reminder - Post Injury and Illness Summaries Now Through April

Employer Posting Requirements for OSHA Form 300A

 HCSI
HCSI reminds healthcare and other non-exempt employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2016. The summary must be displayed each year between Feb. 1 and April 30 in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping and posting requirements. Visit OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule webpage for more information on recordkeeping requirements.

All employers that are required by OSHA to maintain a copy of OSHA's Form 300A, that at any time in the past calendar year had 10 or more employees, are required to complete and post OSHA Form 300A (unless they belong to certain low-risk industries that are exempt). Examples of low-risk, exempt industries include clothing retail stores, publishers, banks and investment services. A full list of exempt industries can be found on the OSHA website. 

OSHA Form 300A is a summary of all serious work-related illnesses and injuries (including needlesticks and bloodbourne pathogens exposure) suffered by employees in the previous year. Even if no incidents or injuries occurred in 2016, employers that meet the requirement must post the form. Again, OSHA Form 300A must be posted in a visible location and must be displayed where notices to employees are commonly posted and must remain posted from February 1, 2017 through April 30, 2017.
OSHA Form 300A derives from information kept in the OSHA 300 Log. Employers should complete and post the Summary (OSHA Form 300A) using information recorded on the log but do not post the Log (OSHA Form 300). Employers should consult with legal counsel or contact OSHA directly regarding any specific questions about how to comply with these requirements. Be proactive and prepared with your documentation so you can provide employees, former employees, their representatives, as well as OSHA officials access to your Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300). 

More information about OSHA employer responsibilities can be found here:
https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/worker/employer-responsibility.html

Source(s): http://www.hcsiinc.com, https://www.osha.gov, http://www.mondaq.com


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