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Written by Steve Hudgik

What is OSHA 300?

OSHA 300 is a form called the "Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses."  It is a log of every workplace injury or illness that involves any of the following:

  • a loss of consciousness
  • restriction in work activity or a job transfer
  • any days away from work
  • medical treatment beyond first aid
  • any significant work-related injuries or illnesses that are diagnosed by a licensed health care professional.
  • other work-related injuries or illnesses listed in the OSHA regulation

For an injury or illness to be defined by OSHA as work related, it must wholly or partially be caused by factors in the workplace.

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Workplace injuries and fatalities must be logged in the OSHA 300 form by any employer covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, if that employer has more than 10 employees. Employers in certain low-hazard industries specified by OSHA are exempt from the OSHA 300 record keeping requirements. Examples of low-hazard industries include retail, finance, insurance, real estate and service industries.   The exemption does not apply to employers who have been notified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics or OSHA that they must keep injury and illness records.

The OSHA Form 300 form has a separate line for each recordable injury or illness. Such events include work related deaths, injuries, and illnesses other than minor injuries that require only first aid treatment and that do not involve medical treatment, loss of consciousness, restriction of work, or transfer to another job.

Two other OSHA forms are associated with the OSHA 300 form.

  • OSHA Form 300A provides a summary of the previous year's work-related injuries and illnesses.
  • OSHA Form 301 is used for individual incident reports. It provides additional details about how each specific recordable injury or illness occurred.

OSHA 300 Form Training:

OSHA provides free online training showing how to log an injury or illness on the OSHA 300 form.  The complete presentation runs about 15 minutes—however, you can bookmark your location and exit at any point.  When you return you'll be back at the point where you placed the bookmark.  Go to the OSHA record keeping page for a link to the OSHA 300 form online training:

http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/tutorial.html

Why Is The OSHA 300 Form Important?

Record keeping is a critical part of an employer's workplace safety and health efforts for several reasons:

  • Keeping track of work-related injuries and illnesses can help identify problem areas and prevent injuries and illness in the future.
  • Accurate and complete records help improve the administration of safety programs.
  • Employees are more likely to follow safe work practices, and to report hazards, when they are aware of past injuries and illnesses.
  • OSHA relies on injury and illness data to help them identify areas needing attention. Each year OSHA asks about 80,000 establishments to report the data they have collected,. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also uses injury and illness records as the source data for the Annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses that shows safety and health trends nationwide and industry wide.

Reducing Injuries and Illness Through Effective Visual Communication

Have an OSHA 300 form with all blank lines is an excellent goal. It means your workplace had no reportable injuries or illnesses. A tool that can help accomplish this is a DuraLabel label printer. DuraLabel printers make custom safety labels and signs that clearly deliver warnings about hazards; provide safe procedures; and remind workers and contractors about safety right where those reminders are most needed.

DuraLabel is the leader in industrial grade label and sign printers, and is the only one who offers a five year warranty on the signs you make.  Call 1-888-326-9244 today and ask about the special DuraLabel sign making kits. You'll be glad you did.

The information presented in this document was obtained from sources that we deem reliable; Graphic Products does not guarantee accuracy or completeness. Graphic Products, Inc. makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied. Users of this document should consult municipal, state, and federal code and/or verify all information with the appropriate regulatory agency.

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