Guest Column by Sue Wetzel of Bricker & Eckler LLP
Many employers with more than ten employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. Only minor injuries requiring first aid do not need to be recorded. (See 2016 Form 300A.)
The records must be maintained at the worksite for at least five years. And, each February through April, employers must post a summary of the injuries and illnesses recorded the previous year. It should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted so that employees are aware of the injuries and illnesses occurring in the workplace.
Don’t forget that a company executive must certify that he or she has examined the OSHA 300 Log and that he or she reasonably believes — based on his or her knowledge of the process by which the information was recorded — that the annual summary is correct and complete.
Starting in 2017, many employers will be required to electronically submit the Form 300A summary of injuries and illnesses to OSHA as well. OSHA will provide a secure website that offers options for data submission. This site is scheduled to go live in February 2017.
By Sue Wetzel, 614.227.7744, [email protected]