OSHA Form 300 = Work-Related, Working Injuries

Plan of Action for Recording Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

1. Within 7 calendar days after getting word about a case (injury or illness diagnosis), determine if it is considered by OSHA to be work-related.

2. If the case IS considered a working injury or illness, decide which form you will fill out as the injury and illness incident report.  Here are your options:

3.  You must post the Summary (Form 300a) only – NOT the Form 300 Log.  Post the summary by February 1 of the following year and keep it posted until April 30 of that year.

4.  You must keep the form 300 log for 5 years following the year to which it pertains.

5.  You do not have to send the completed forms to OSHA unless specifically asked to do so.

How to Handle Privacy Concerns When Filling Out the OSHA Form 300

  • Do NOT enter the injured/ill worker’s name on form 300 for work-related injuries and illnesses such as: sexual assaults, HIV infections, mental
  • Do NOT describe the nature of sensitive injuries where the employee’s identity would be known.
  • Give employee representatives access to only the portion of Form 301 [link to form 301 page]that contains no personal information.
  • Remove employee’s names before providing the data to persons not provided access rights.

How to Count the Number of Days of Restricted Work Activity or the Number of Days Away from Work:

  • Count the number of calendar days the employee was on restricted work activity or was away from work because of the working injury or illness.
  • Do NOT count the day on which the work-related injury or illnessBegin counting from the day AFTER the incident occurred.

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