OSHA injury reporting period starts next week
Many of our members have to maintain annual accident logs for the prior year. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration exempts many sorts of businesses from this reporting requirement depending on their risk class. Retail members with 10 or fewer employees are exempt, but our larger retailers and all automotive members will need to report.
Go here to see if you are exempt from reporting or contact Rick Means, WRA’s Safety Specialist, if you have questions.
If you have to report, you should have the OSHA 300 form updated with ‘recordable’ incidents for all of 2017. For a decision tree on what are considered recordable incidents, go here. The next step would be to transfer the OSHA 2017 log (form 300) totals onto the OSHA Summary sheet (300A). The OSHA summary sheet, form 300A, will need to be posted from 2/1/2018 until 04/30/2018 on the safety bulletin board for all employees to review. If you need forms go here.
Washington State is currently exempt from electronic reporting of the 300A form.
The OSHA 300 form, a copy of the 300A form, and any other supporting paperwork, such as copies of the Report of Accidents, should be kept in a binder in your office due to privacy of the information that is contained on some of that paperwork. You need to keep five years of these forms on file (2012 and back can be tossed).
WRA employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198 x18, or firstname.lastname@example.org.