OSHA 300 Log Posting Deadline Draws Near

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It is vitally important that all employers who are covered by the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970 (OSHA) remember to post their 2015 OSHA 300 Logs.  The log must be posted in an area where it can be seen by employees.  Logs must remain posted from February 1 through April 30, 2016.  After April 30, the 2015 logs should go in an OSHA folder containing at least three previous years’ logs.

Who Is Required to Post OSHA Logs?

There are two types of employers who are exempt from the requirement to post OSHA logs:

  1. If your business has had ten or fewer employees at all times throughout the calendar year or,
  2. If your business is on the list of exempt NAICS codes.  These businesses are listed on the OSHA.gov website under “OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule”. If your business has enjoyed this exemption – CHECK THE WEBSITE!  OSHA recently changed the criteria for claiming this exemption and MANY types of businesses that were exempt have been removed from the list. The changes took effect January 1, 2015.

Clients of Employers Resource who are required to post OSHA logs should receive the 2015 300 log in the mail before January 25, 2016.  Our computer system tracks all recordable injury incidents and all the required data appears pre-printed on the log.  All you need to do is sign the log and post it.

Penalties for failure to post the OSHA 300 log are quite severe!  Should your business have a visit from an OSHA Field Compliance Officer during the time that OSHA logs must be posted and the officer cannot see the posted log, be prepared to receive a serious citation and subsequent fine.

Our analyst has sent out over 250 current 300 logs to those clients in our family who must post.  Contact your Safety Manager if you have questions regarding the posting requirements.

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Other Items of OSHA Interest:

Our friends at OSHA also made some changes in 2015 regarding employers who MUST contact OSHA directly in the event of some workplace injury incidents.  Employers who:

  1. Have a work-related fatality must call OSHA within eight hours of the occurrence and report the fatality.
  2. Have an incident that requires in-patient hospitalization of the injured employee must report the hospitalization to OSHA within 24 hours of the occurrence.
  3. Have an injury incident that involves an amputation or loss of an eye must call OSHA within 24 hours of the occurrence.

Penalties for failure to report an occurrence of one of the events above can result in a citation and stiff penalty.  Don’t get caught short!  Contact your Safety Manager if an event occurs and you’re not sure whether or not OSHA must be contacted.

Since the time limits are very tight, OSHA has created three ways to contact them should any of the three events listed above occur at your business.  OSHA has an 800 number that can be used to report an occurrence 24/7.  Call 1-800-321-6742 to report the incident.  Calling this number meets the requirement to report within the time limit.  BE SURE to state the time of the incident AND the time of your call.

You may also call the local OSHA Area Office that serves you.  A list of these offices is available at OSHA.gov.  You may also report an incident on-line by contacting OSHA.gov and looking for the on-line form.

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Clients of Employers Resource are reminded that should an incident like the three listed above occur at your workplace, you should call Employers Resource at 1-800-775-2404 to report the claim.  ALL workplace injury incidents – no matter how slight – must be reported to ERM within 24 hours of the occurrence.

If you have any questions regarding what must be reported or whether or not an occurrence meets the requirements to report, contact your Safety Manager.  We’ll be glad to assist you.

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