Employers Must Post Summaries of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

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Employers are required to post a copy of OSHA’s Form 300A between February 1, 2016 and April 30, 2016. This form summarizes the job-related injuries and illnesses employees experienced during 2015. The summary must be posted in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted each year. Information contained on the summary includes the total number of deaths, injuries, poisonings, respiratory conditions, skin disorders, instances of hearing loss, and other illnesses experienced by the employees.

Notably, businesses with ten or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA’s recordkeeping and posting requirements. As of January 1, 2015, certain previously exempt industries must now post a copy of OSHA’s Form 300A. Lists of both exempt and newly covered industries are available on OSHA’s website. Among the newly covered industries are automobile dealers, bakeries, beer, wine and liquor stores, ambulatory health care service establishments, and automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores.

Employers, unless exempt, must complete OSHA’s Form 300A, even if no work-related injuries or illnesses occurred during the year. Please keep in mind that there are many industries that are exempt from OSHA’s recordkeeping and posting requirements and employers are encouraged to visit OSHA’s RecordKeeping Rule webpage for more detailed information.

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