"I was actually surprised at how interesting the material is and this class greatly reduced my apprehension about taking on OSHA recordkeeping responsibilities. Presenter was very knowledgable and encouraged contact if we had any questions."
Carol McLeod, Assistance Plus
Maine State Law and The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 require public and most private employers to prepare and maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses. Private companies that have fewer than 11 employees (total) in a year or are in certain low hazard industries are exempt.
SafetyWorks! can answer your questions about recordkeeping, train you how to keep the records, and provide the required forms. Call toll-free 1-877-SAFE-345 (1-877-723-3345). You can also ask your questions through the Ask the SafetyWorks! Expert page.
New Recordkeeping Forms
For injuries and illnesses that occur on or after January 1, 2004, employers must use OSHA's revised Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). The revised form includes various changes, including
- A new column for occupational hearing loss (new column M5);
- More clear-cut formulas for calculating incidence rates; and
- Columns K and L are switched on the new form: column K will be the count of calendar days away from work and column L will be the count of calendar days of job transfer or restriction.
And, remember-while there is no separate column for work-related injuries associated with ergonomic factors, employers must still record those injuries in either the injury or "all other illness" columns if the case is OSHA recordable. (Hint: Don't over-record, make sure the case is recordable.)
SafetyWorks! Recordkeeping Classes (link to schedule 2.2.3) Free SafetyWorks! classes on OSHA recordkeeping.