Posting the OSHA Logs – 1/27/14

 In Tip of the Week

By this coming Friday, January 31st, you should have completed your OSHA 300 logs with any recordable injuries and illnesses for the year 2013. There are 3 separate forms that are to be completed. You can download the forms from the following link – including an excel workbook with all three forms in one download: OSHA Recordkeeping Forms.

Here’s a brief overview of each form:

Form 300: Log of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses. This may be the form you use initially when an injury or illness occurs. It allows you to assign a case number to the incident, give basic information like date and location of the incident, classify what the injury/illness is, and how many lost work days, etc. This form contains personal data so it is considered confidential. Once completed, this gets filed at your site for at least 5 years.

Form 301: Injuries and Illnesses Incident Report.  This form can be used as a tool within the investigation process. More complete information is recorded here on the specific injury. One copy of this form is filled out for each injury or illness. This form also contains personal data, so it is also confidential and once it is completed is filed at your site for 5 years.

Form 300A: Summary of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses. This is the form everyone in the company sees. As the name implies, it gives a summary of the recordable injuries and illnesses that happened within the organization over the past year. There is no personal or confidential data put on this form. OSHA requires this form be posted in a public location so that all employees are allowed to see it from at least February 1 until April 30 each year.

Only recordable injuries and illnesses get reported on these forms. What are recordable injuries and illnesses? There are some that are obvious, like fatalities, loss of a limb, eyesight, or hearing, and loss of days away from work. The less obvious is “medical treatment beyond first aid.” What does that mean? Typically, first aid is something you can do at the worksite with a little first aid training.

You are not alone when it comes to filling out these forms. First, OSHA has a webpage dedicated to helping you with these forms and other recordkeeping questions. You can access it here. A full description of what OSHA calls “first aid” can be found here:  OSHA Recordkeeping FAQ.

If you’d like a brief lesson on how to prepare the forms, OSHA has a tutorial available online, linked here:  OSHA Recordkeeping Tutorial.

Also, if you have questions, send us a note through our website at


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