It’s February, which means it is time to post Form 300A, your 2017 summary of work-related injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
Although reporting an injury or illness does not mean that an OSHA rule was violated, it does fulfill a legal requirement.
From February 1 through the end of April each year, employers must prominently display this summary of work-related injuries and illness.
You can find more specific information in our Recordkeeping FAQ.
Update to the Rule: Electronic Submission of Records
Access the Injury Tracking Application on the OSHA website. The date by which certain employers are required to submit to OSHA the information from their completed 2017 Form 300A is July 1, 2018.
Read more about the Final Rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.
What Can You Learn from Tracking This Data
Often what we find is that many workplace incidents are predictable and preventable. The goal with this regulation is to put you in the mindset of “prevention;” where you and your workers are able to find and fix potential problems before any injuries occur.
Your 300A Log can help you identify potential hazards, such as:
- Fall injuries may mean you need to review the types of fall protection or training you provide.
- Slip and fall injuries may show you where you need to adjust work procedures.
- MSD injuries may mean you need to improve ergonomics training.
Look for trends in your data: the types of injuries, the frequency, the types of machinery or processes involved.
Don’t forget to involve your workers when reviewing this data. They are doing the work day in and day out and typically will have lots of good ideas for improving the work process.