What is an OSHA Form 300 and why do I have to post it?

Required posting of injury report.  All employers with 10 or more employees must post an OSHA Form 300a in a prominent area at their facilities.  This form reports all of your workplace injuries for last year.  Certain low-hazard industries have partial exemption from some of the OSHA reporting requirements.  (Determined by your SIC code, but mainly includes retail, service, finance, insurance, or real estate industries- see OSHA 3169 link below)

When does the OSHA Form 300a need to be posted?  This report needs to be posted every year, from February 1st to April 30th.  It should be posted in an area easily seen by your employees, such as next to the timeclock or next to your Labor Law posters.

What information is on the OSHA Form 300a?  This report lists all of last year’s workplace injuries (and work-caused illnesses) by category and number of occurences.  It does NOT list names of the employees who were injured, since such information is considered confidential.  Be careful not to post too much information.

Where does the data come from?  The statistics are generated from the log of work-related injuries and illnesses (OSHA Form 300), which lists injuries and tracks the days the employee missed work or was on restricted duty.  OSHA Form 301 is used to record additional information about such incidents.  You can also use a Workers’ Compensation or Insurance form, since they ask for the same information.

Where can I get more information from OSHA?  See OSHA’s 3169 Publication for more details:  http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/pub3169text.html

Where do I get the OSHA Form 300, Form 300a, Form 301, or even instructions for completing these forms?  Please see the following OSHA site for downloading all of these documents:

What about OSHA posters for my worksite?  For required OSHA posters, most employers will use a professional company that prints such posters that are required by various industries.  See Personnel Concepts for your posters:
OSHA Safety Posters

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