Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded.
This information helps employers, workers and OSHA evaluate the safety of a workplace, understand industry hazards, and implement worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards -preventing future workplace injuries and illnesses.
Maintaining and Posting Records
The records must be maintained at the worksite for at least five years. Each February through April, employers must post a summary of the injuries and illnesses recorded the previous year. Also, if requested, copies of the records must be provided to current and former employees, or their representatives.
- Get recordkeeping forms 300, 300A, 301, and additional instructions.
- Read the full OSHA Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904).
Updated Electronic Submission of Records
The Injury Tracking Application (ITA) is accessible from the ITA launch page, where you can provide the Agency your OSHA Form 300A information. The date by which certain employers are required to submit to OSHA the information from their completed Form 300A is March 2nd of the year after the calendar year covered by the form.
Severe Injury Reporting
Employers must report any worker fatality within 8 hours and any amputation, loss of an eye, or hospitalization of a worker within 24 hours.
Go here to listen to a brief video tutorial on completing the recordkeeping forms. The complete presentation runs about 15 minutes.
OSHA’s Recordkeeping Requirements During the COVID-19 Pandemic
OSHA has issued temporary enforcement guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic for Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses required under 29 CFR Part 1904. For more information see the Enforcement Memoranda section of OSHA’s COVID-19 Safety and Health Topics page.
Source: The United States Department of Labor, “OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements” https://www.osha.gov website. Accessed December 20, 2020. https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/
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