Believe it or not, it’s already February and with the start of the second month of the year, it’s time to post your annual OSHA 300 A.
Read here for what you need to know:
The OSHA form 300 A log must be posted every year between February 1– April 30 summarizing all injuries from the previous year.
It’s also important to know that if an employee asks for a copy for their injury report, you’re required to provide them with a copy of the OSHA 300 log before the end of the business day. Your OSHA 300 log must also be signed by a company executive or authorized representative, indicating that the information is true and accurate.
Citation and Penalties for Not Maintaining an OSHA 300 log
If you’re selected for an OSHA inspection, the 300 log will normally be the first document they will ask to review. Failure to maintain and present the log may result in a fine of up to $8,000 for each year of the violation. In addition, business and construction industries can face penalties additional penalties of $1,000 for every year they fail to maintain the OSHA 300 log form. There is also a possibility that separate citations could be issued for each OSHA 301 form not completed or filled out incorrectly.
Common Mistakes When Filing out the OSHA 300 Log
When completing your OSHA 300 log, be sure to avoid these common mistakes:
- Misunderstanding what an OSHA recordable event is
- Not counting light-duty as a work restriction
- Dismissing the employee statement as not accurate or not usable as a reference
- Failing to report the injury because the affected employee did not report it on time or immediately
- Failing to record medical treatment; must be recorded unless it falls within an exception in the regulations, one of which is first aid
- Forgetting to keep track of lost work days during long-term events
Who Is Exempt From Maintaining the Log?
A list of exempt industries can be found on OSHA’s website. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics may still select exempted employers to participate in an annual statistical survey, and organizations should check the OSHA website for the latest regulations and requirements regarding reporting and recordkeeping guidelines.
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