Your Company’s OSHA Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses Must be Posted Before February 1
Does your company have more than 10 employees? (Or, if it’s in the medical/dental industry, does it have more than one employee?) If so, you are obligated under OSHA laws to post a Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses that occurred at your company last year. This Summary must be posted by February 1 and remain on display through April 30.
According to OSHA:
The Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300) is used to classify work-related injuries and illnesses and to note the extent and severity of each case. When an incident occurs, use the Log to record specific details about what happened and how it happened. The Summary — a separate form (Form 300A) — shows the totals for the year in each category. At the end of the year, post the Summary in a visible location so that your employees are aware of the injuries and illnesses occurring in their workplace.
Employers must keep a Log for each establishment or site. If you have more than one establishment, you must keep a separate Log and Summary for each physical location that is expected to be in operation for one year or longer.
Under OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1904, covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA 300 Log. This information is important for employers, workers and OSHA in evaluating the safety of a workplace, understanding industry hazards, and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards.
Each company must complete and post the Summary even if there were no recordable incidents.
OSHA Form 300 includes detailed instructions for completing the Log and the Summary.
Nevada is a State Plan state, meaning it has developed its own OSHA-approved occupational safety and health plans. Specific information, Nevada-specific OSHA posters, and more resources are available online at http://dir.nv.gov/OSHA/Employers/. OSHA also offers information about injury and illness prevention programs.
HRinDemand is available to assist companies with completing these forms. Please contact us if we can provide assistance.
Melissa Marsh, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a human resources consultant and founder of HRinDemand, a human resources company in Reno, NV, offering expert guidance and easy-to-use tools to help small businesses with employment regulations, compliance, employee relations, and company growth. Subscribe to HR Tips for more human resources news and tips.