The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Form 300A logs work-related injuries and illnesses occurring in the prior calendar year. All eligible employers are required to maintain and post an annual OSHA 300A summary sheet from February 1 to April 30.
February 1, 2019, marks the deadline for you to tabulate your annual OSHA Log Summary (OSHA Form 300A) and post it in a common area wherever notices to employees are usually posted. The summary must list the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during the previous calendar year and were logged on the OSHA 300 Form. The summary should remain posted until April 30, 2019. Instructions on how to complete both the log and annual summaries of work related injuries and illnesses can be downloaded for free from Cal/OSHA’s Record Keeping Overview. The definitions and requirements for recordable work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses are outlined in the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, sections 14300 through 14300.48. Employers are required to complete and post Form 300A even if no workplace injuries occurred.
Employers with 10 or less employees or who work in low-hazard industries are not required to post their summary. Additional details regarding eligibility for the exemption can be found on the OSHA Injury Tracking Application webpage.
Electronic Reporting Requirement
Additionally, many employers are required to also submit their OSHA 300A information electronically. The classes of business who must comply with the electronic reporting process include:
- Any business with at least 250 employees.
- Any business with 20 to 249 employees who falls into one of several classifications including agriculture. (A complete list of the affected classifications can be found here.)
Affected employers are advised to submit their 2018 OSHA 300A data through the Fed-OSHA portal by the March 2, 2019, deadline. Updates regarding the 300A reporting requirements can be found here.
For instructions regarding the electronic filing process, please see federal OSHA’s ITA website.
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