Help for the Company Required by the Occupational Safety and Health Law to Track Injury and Illness
OSHA 29 CFR 1904 and Who Has to Complete Injury Report Forms
Any employer governed by the Occupational Safety and Health Law (1970) must maintain and submit certain records to OSHA, according to CFR 1904.
IF THE INCIDENT INVOLVES FATALITIES AND CATASTROPHES, IT HAS TO BE REPORTED,
NO MATTER THE COMPANY SIZE.
WHAT IS AN OSHA RECORDABLE ACCORDING TO 29 CFR 1904?
The key word to remember is WORK-RELATED. An injury or illness is considered by 29 CFR 1904 to be work-related IF the event or exposure in the workplace CAUSED, CONTRIBUTED TO, or EXACERBATED the PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. Basically, the injury or illness is presumed to be work-related if it resulted from events or exposures in the workplace, unless an exception directly applies.
HOW to COMPLY with RECORD KEEPING RULES - OSHA 300, 300a, OSHA Form 301
OSHA Record Keeping Rules require maintaining several types of forms, including OSHA 300 and 300a, along with the OSHA 301 Form.
It is also recommended to keep track of the safety measures in place, along with a record of any and all employee training provided on the OSHA Record Keeping Rules. Each form benefits the employer and employee in specific ways, and makes OSHA compliance manageable. It’s a win-win for each!
FREE Downloadable Self-Inspection Checklists
Observe thyself as thy greatest enemy would do; so shalt thou be thy greatest friend. -Jeremy Taylor -English bishop and theologian (1613 - 1667)
While OSHA is not the enemy of the workplace, it is wise to inspect your health and safety procedures at your work sites with the eyes of an OSHA inspector on a regular basis.
Keeping self inspection checklists updated and then maintaining those lists with your other documents is a great way to “master the details before they master you,” and consequently minimize or eliminate common hazards in the workplace.
The scope of your self-inspection checklists
Following is an index of self inspection checklist topics that can point you in the right direction for what safety training and protective measures your company needs to take to maintain OSHA compliance and ensure worker safety. (Some of these areas DO overlap.)