The Flanders Group would like to share important OSHA 300A tips that will help you complete the summary form that must be posted between February 1st through April 30th.
Classify injuries and illnesses appropriately
If an employee sustains an injury that is cumulative in nature (e.g. hearing loss, sun burn, carpal tunnel, etc.) the incident should be classified on the OSHA 300A as an illness. Injury incidents are typically the result of a single exposure or event.
Get the proper signatures
In addition to obtaining the signature of the person who prepared the summary, ensure that the person who is certifying the accuracy of the data on the OSHA 300 log and the 300A is a “company executive”. This would typically be the company owner, a corporate officer or the highest ranking company official working at the site. More often than not, this would not include the HR manager, safety manager, etc.
Ensure the hours worked total is accurate
The total hours worked should include all employees—both hourly and salaried. Also, directly supervised contractors and temporary employees’ hours must also be included. Not having an accurate number of hours worked may impact your company’s incident rate.
No injuries? Great! Post your OSHA 300A anyway
Even if you had no OSHA recordable injuries this year, you still must post the 300A summary during the required time frame (February 1st through April 30th).
Post your OSHA 300A where your employees can see it
If you have multiple locations, you must post the OSHA 300A in each establishment in a “conspicuous place or places where notices to employees are customarily posted.” Merely posting at your company’s “main” location—or even posting the summary electronically—does not meet OSHA’s posting requirements.
For more information on OSHA posting requirements, call Tiffany Passmore, Director of Client Services at The Flanders Group – 800-462-6435 or firstname.lastname@example.org