OSHA Log Time

 In 2022, Tip of the Week

It’s here again; it’s that time – time for many employers to make sure the OSHA 300 logs are ready. There are deadlines coming at the end of January. At the start of the business day on February 1, the 300A Summary Log should be posted somewhere that employees can view it. It should remain in that location until at least April 30th.

And, some employers that have 250 employees or more, or if who qualify as part of a high-hazard industry, must report the information from the OSHA 300A Summary Log onto OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application website. What is a high hazard industry? Some examples are the companies with 20 or more employees that are listed here.

Why do we need to do this? It is so that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics can track who is having incidents and why. One of the benefits of figuring out this information is that safety companies, like SCM, and other groups will see the trends, and hopefully figure out how to prevent some of these incidents from happening in the first place.

What are OSHA 300 logs and what do you need to do?

The Injury and Illness Incident Report (OSHA Form 301) is the first of the three logs that must be filled out following the recordable incident. Specific information must be recorded to give you as the employer and any OSHA representative reviewing the incident a picture of what happened. It will contain personal, confidential information about the patient and specifics about what happened. One form is to be filled out for each incident. The form is to be kept confidential unless requested by the patient, their representative, or an OSHA representative.

The Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illness (OSHA Form 300) will be the form that is used to compile the totals from the 301 forms. It has names and job titles, but does not contain any personal, confidential information, but will have the total amounts of incidents, lost work time, job transfers, and classifications of injuries or illnesses that occurred over the calendar year.

The totals of the classifications and categories from the 300 Form are then transferred to the Summary Page (OSHA Form 300A). The 300A form must be posted in a place that is conspicuous and where employees can see it from February 1 to at least April 30 of the year following the year covered by the OSHA Form 300. For example, for injuries occurring in 2021, the 300A log must be posted from February 1, 2022, to at least April 30, 2022. After April 30, the log must be maintained in a file for at least five years.

Do you need a log to fill out? Check out this link. We like to use the excel spreadsheet. It has been preformulated so that information easily transfers from one log to the next.

Do you need more information about how to fill out the forms? We can help with that, too. Here’s a link to the SCM’s course on OSHA Recordkeeping, found at hazmatschool.com:

Online Record Keeping Course-$25

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