Many of our members have to maintain annual accident logs for the prior year. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration exempts many sorts of businesses from this reporting requirement depending on their NAICS class. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees are exempt from reporting to OSHA.
If you have determined that your company has to record, you should have the OSHA 300 form updated with ‘recordable’ incidents for all of 2020. The next step would be to transfer the OSHA 2020 log (form 300) totals onto the OSHA Summary sheet (form 300A). The OSHA Summary sheet will need to be posted from 2/1/2021 until 4/30/2021 on the safety bulletin board for all employees to review. If you need forms go here.
An important deadline for filing is upcoming on March 2 of this year.
The OSHA 300 form, a copy of the 300A form, and any other supporting paperwork, such as copies of the Report of Accidents, should be kept in a binder in your office due to privacy of the information that is contained on some of the paperwork. You need to keep five years of these forms on file (2015 and back can be discarded).
If you are not exempt and have more than 19 employees in a single Washington location, you are also required to file the 300A form electronically to Federal OSHA by March 2, 2021. Remember, this criterion applies at the establishment level, not to the firm as a whole.
If you have questions on this topic, please contact Rick Means, WR’s Director of Safety and Education, who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 118, or [email protected]