OSHA 300 Forms: 10 Common Mistakes
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If your public entity hasn’t been visited by a Department of Labor (DOL) inspector recently, chances are you know of a nearby neighbor who has. When a DOL inspector visits your organization, you’re required and responsible for providing them with OSHA recordkeeping documents. Three records that you’re required to keep to record work-related injuries and illness are OSHA 300, 300A and 301. Unfortunately, they are often misinterpreted and filled out incorrectly. Though similar, these documents each hold individual purpose and require different recordkeeping.
Here’s the low-down on what these forms really mean:
- Form 300
A log listing all injuries and illnesses at your workplace, including details about what happened and how it happened.
- Form 301
A form completed each time an injury or illness is recorded on Form 300; Provides details about the case such as events leading to the injury, body parts affected, object involved etc..
- Form 300A
An annual summary of injuries and illnesses that occurred during the calendar year; Reports total number of deaths, missed work days, job transfers or restrictions and number of workers and the hours they worked for the year.
According to OSHAtraining.com, the following are common mistakes employers make when completing OSHA 300, 301 and 300A forms:
- Failure to keep the log
- Failure to post the summary log from February 1 to April 30
- Failure to include a unique case number on Form 300 and the same case number on Form 301, or wherever is appropriate on the 301-equivalent form
- Failure to provide a detailed description of injury
- Marking more than one column for classifying the case
- Incorrectly entering the number of scheduled workdays missed
- Incorrect addition resulting unequal totals on the log and summary
- Failure to get summary signed by the highest-ranking person at the site
- Confusing OSHA-recordable injuries with Workers’ Compensation claims
- Recording every injury or illness, ensure all incidents meet the OSHA recordable requirements
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