The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) deadline for employers to post their 300A log of work-related injuries and illnesses is quickly approaching. With February 1 right around the corner, many large companies and organizations are gathering together all of their injury data for the year and making sure everything is in order for submission.
If this is your first time preparing OSHA logs, you may have a few questions about the process. Below we've provided some answers to frequently asked questions about OSHA paperwork and reporting requirements:
- Can I collect incident information differently than the way prescribed by OSHA? Employers can submit a variance petition to the agency if they would like to collect and report data differently than is required by law. However, they must still record the same information and it must meet all the requirements described by Part 1904 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. OSHA provides more information on variance petitions here.
- If I've recently purchased a business, am I responsible for past injury data? You must keep all injury data on hand from the prior owner. However, you are only responsible for incidents that occur during the time when you own the business. Any incidents that took place before you took control of the company are the responsibility of your predecessor.
Ensuring that you're in compliance with OSHA's recordkeeping rules can be a difficult task for an employer. You may have many other questions about the process than those that we answered above. If that's the case, we invite you to attend IndustrySafe's recordkeeping assistance webinar, which will be held on January 17. For more information, click here.