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By: Stacey Godbold

OSHA 300 Deadlines Are Quickly Approaching

Deadlines are approaching fast for finalizing your 2020 OSHA 300 log and 300A summary report. There have been some changes since you filled out last year’s report. Below are the 8 frequently asked questions about the OSHA 300. February 1 is almost here; are you ready?

What is an OSHA 300
An OSHA 300 log is “used to classify work-related injuries and illnesses and to note the extent and severity of each case,” according to OSHA. Employers must keep a Log for each establishment or site. If you have more than one establishment, you must keep a separate Log and Summary for each physical location that is expected to be in operation for one year or longer.

What is OSHA 300A?
The OSHA Form 300A summarizes the entries from the OSHA 300. This document must be signed by the highest-ranking local officer of the organization and posted in a prominent location for employees to see between February 1 through April 30 each year – see below.

What is an OSHA 301?
OSHA’s Form 301 is the form on which each recordable injury or illness that occurs in the workplace must be documented. Then each OSHA 301 form is summarized on a line of the OSHA 300 log. Note that while OSHA does not require employers to submit forms 301 or 300, certain serious injuries resulting in the loss of an eye, amputation or overnight hospitalization for treatment MUST be reported directly to OSHA within 24 hours, and fatalities MUST be reported directly with 8 hours. These can be reported to OSHA by calling OSHA’s free and confidential number at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742); calling your closest Area Office during normal business hours;

What are the important dates?
Feb. 1 is the deadline for posting Form 300A in the workplace. It must be posted in a location that is clearly visible to all employees and it must be kept posted until April 30. Employees have the right to request a copy of the records at any time.
March 2 is the deadline for employers to electronically file their 300As directly with OSHA.

Does my company need to fill this out?
These industries with 20 to 249 employees must submit injury and illness summary (Form 300A) data to OSHA electronically.

What are the 2020 updates and requirements?
OSHA’s reporting has recently changed and now require electronic submission. Organizations in regulated industries must submit 300A forms through OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application.

How long do you post the OSHA 300A?
Employers who meet the requirements for keeping records of work-related injuries and illnesses must post the OSHA Form 300A from February 1 to April 30 every year. The form must be visible to all employees.

How long must you keep the Log and Summary on file?
5 years

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