Recordkeeping: Injury and Illness

By the end of this training session, you will understand which employers are affected, recordkeeping forms, reporting to the government, employees recorded, employee rights, and injury and illness recording criteria.

Why “Recordkeeping: Injury and Illness” Matters

  • All employers covered by OSHA regulations, including general industry, construction, and maritime, are also covered by the recordkeeping requirements unless the employer meets an exemption.
  • If your company had 10 or fewer employees for the entire calendar year, it is partially exempt from the recordkeeping requirements. This is not an average of 10 or fewer employees over the year, but peak employment during the calendar year.
  • Employers classified in a specific low-hazard retail, service, finance, insurance, or real estate industry are partially exempt from recording injuries and illnesses. The specific list of exempt low-hazard industries is contained in 29 CFR 1904, Subpart B, Appendix A.
  • OSHA or the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) may require a partially exempt employer to comply with recordkeeping requirements and will inform the employer in writing that injury, illness, and fatality records must be kept.
  • All employers, whether exempt from recordkeeping requirements or not, must report to OSHA any workplace incident that results in a fatality or the hospitalization of three or more employees. Call your local area OSHA office or call the main OSHA line at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742).

Key Points

  • Complete forms within 7 calendar days
  • Determine if the incident is work related and a new case
  • Evaluate for general or specific recording criteria
  • Post the summary
  • Retain records for 5 years and update past OSHA 300 Logs

Duration: 29 minutes


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