It's the end of the year again and it is time to turn in your OSHA Logs. Many customers have questions on what is recordable. Here is an older blog posting addressing this issue that can be helpful in answering your questions.
I was visiting an insured last week when the owner of the company asked me to clarify what should be included on the OSHA 300 logs. I am frequently asked to explain or clarify the OSHA standards so I thought it would be helpful to provide a brief summary of the requirements.
Workplace related injuries should be recorded on OSHA 300 logs. When is an injury or illness considered to be work related?
OSHA states that, "An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment caused or contributed to to the condition or significantly aggravated a pre-exisiting condition. The work environment includes the establishment and other locations where one or more employees or are present as a condition of their employment." Keep in mind that this does not include travel to and from the workplace as the employer does not have any control over road conditions.
Which work related injuries and illnesses should you record?
OSHA states that work related injuries or illnesses that result in the following should be recorded:
- Loss of consciousness
- Days away from work
- Restricted work activity (light duty) or job transfer
- Medical treatment beyond first aid
- Any injury or illness diagnosed by a physician or licensed health care professional. This includes any work related cases involving cancer, chronic irreversible disease, a fracture or cracked bone or a punctured ear drum. See 29 CFR 1904.7
- Any needle stick or cut from a sharp object that is contaminated with another person's blood or infectious material
- TB infection
- Hearing test that reveals the employee has experienced a Standard Threshold Shift in one or both ears
The OSHA record keeping regulation is 29 CFR 1904. Here is a link to the OSHA Record keeping site. The site provides a wide variety of helpful information such as the actual regulation document, necessary forms, Q & A sheets, etc. http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html
Use this link to open the pdf version of the OSHA 300 logs and an easy explanation of how to complete the forms.
Please let me know if you any further questions, comments or concerns.
Lisa Mundt is a Senior Risk Control Representative for Westfield Insurance, a regional insurance company based in Northeast Ohio and operating in 18 states. Lisa is based out of our Atlanta, Georgia office.