Does your company employee more than ten employees? If so, you may be required to record and report all work-related injuries and illnesses to OSHA, under OSHA’s Regulation Standard 29 CFR 1904.  Employers who meet the requirements for record keeping must also follow the regulation rules for documenting all workplace injuries and illnesses, as well as posting and submitting OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 forms.

Employers must document every work-related injury or illness that meets OSHA’s criteria for record keeping. Any injury requiring basic first aid must be documented, but not recorded. Please use our toolbox talk to help your employees define basic first aid and understand the importance of reporting incidents.

The following are all considered OSHA recordable incidents:

  • Any work-related fatality.
  • Any work-related injury or illness that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job.
  • Any work-related injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.
  • Any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured/cracked bones or teeth, and punctured eardrums.
  • There are also special recording criteria for work-related cases involving needlesticks and sharps injuries, medical removal, hearing loss, and tuberculosis.

OSHA also requires employers to notify their Regional office with 8 hours of any work-related fatality and within 24 hours for any work-related amputation, loss of an eye, or hospitalization.

If your company has more than 250 employees, you may be required to electronically submit your OSHA 300 and 301 summaries. Although, OSHA has published a Final Rule to amend this requirement, your company may still be required to submit your 300A summaries. The deadline to submit your 2018 300A data electronically is March 2, 2019.

Companies with ten or more employees required to record and report work-related injuries and illnesses are to maintain those records for up to five years. The previous year’s injury and illness reports must be posted in a non-conspicuous location starting February 1 thru April 30. Copies must be provided to any employee, former employee, or their representative requesting the report.

Every injury, no matter how small, is important and should reported and documented immediately. By reporting a minor first aid injury, employers can identify the root cause and implement corrective actions to help prevent future incidents. RETTEW can assist your company with injury and illness record keeping, accident investigation and documentation, accident root cause analysis, as well as training for those responsible for submitting and completing your OSHA 300 forms. Contact Kelly Kramer, CECD, HEM, at 800.738.8395 to schedule a consultation.

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