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Does Your Company Need to Post OSHA Form 300A?

OSHA Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, is used to summarize the recordable injuries and illnesses for the previous year and includes the number of days work was lost or restricted, and the types of injuries and illnesses that occurred. Information about the company, including the average number of employees and total hours worked by all employees must also be recorded.

Form 300A must be posted from February 1 through April 30 each year.  If no recordable incidents or illnesses occurred during the previous year, the form must still be completed and posted reflecting zero recordable cases. The information in Form 300A is based on information recorded in OSHA Form 300, Log of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses. However, certain employers are exempt from these reporting requirements.

Employers with 10 or fewer employees are not required to prepare Form 300 or Form 300A. In addition, only industries within certain North American Industrial Classification (NAICS) codes are required to comply with these record keeping requirements. A list of exempt NAICS codes has been published by the Department of Labor.  This List includes NAICS code 5417 (Scientific Research and Development Services such as establishments engaged in conducting biotechnology).

Even if your establishment doesn’t fall under mandatory recording, we encourage as best practice that companies use the forms to record injuries and illnesses.  In addition, in some cases, companies in exempt industries may specifically be asked to record injuries and illnesses by OSHA, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or a state agency. Also keep in mind that all employers, including those exempted by reason of company size or industry classification, must report to OSHA any workplace incident that results in a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye.

In addition to posting a copy of Form 300A, some companies are also required to electronically submit this information.  March 2, 2020 is the deadline for electronically reporting your OSHA Form 300A data for calendar year 2019.  However, establishments that meet any of the following criteria do not have to submit their Form 300A information to OSHA:

  • The establishment’s peak employment during the previous calendar year was 19 or fewer, regardless of the establishment’s industry.
  • The establishment’s industry is on the partially exempt industries by NAICS code list, regardless of the size of the establishment.
  • The establishment had a peak employment between 20 and 249 employees during the previous calendar year and the establishment’s industry is not on the list of industries required to submit the OSHA 300A form.

For additional information about OSHA injury and illness reporting requirements, or for questions about preparing your company’s OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses form, please email [email protected].

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