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Vital Points To Keep In Mind About OSHA Log Reporting


If you are responsible for safety and OSHA reporting, you may want to read this.

The complex world of business compliance could be made a bit simpler after reading this article. Here are some points that business owners might miss when preparing their OSHA log reporting. The truth is that the penalties could be significant for lack of compliance and I want to help people avoid spending this money needlessly.

Size matters
Did you know that OSHA requires many organizations with ten or more employees to maintain and post OSHA 300, 300A or 301 logs? Some organizations are exempt based on the nature of their business/industry. To find the exempt list, visit this link https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/ppt1/RK1exempttable.html.

You’re thinking of the future, they want the past
When OSHA performs inspections, they will more than likely ask for the current year and preceding five years of logs. They want to see proof that the OSHA Log Summaries were posted where all employees have access during the annual posting period, if logs are required. The posting period is from March 1 through April 30.

All employers – beware
All employers, no matter the size or exemption, must report all work-related fatalities within eight hours. All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations, and all losses of an eye must be reported with 24 hours. Note: This is a change from three hospitalizations to one hospitalization. This rule change has been in effect since January 1, 2015.

Over reporting could be bad, resulting in an OSHA audit
The OSHA log is to report Recordable injuries. Recording Non-recordable injuries on the OSHA log could result in inflated numbers, which could trigger an audit. You may now be asking, what is the difference between Recordable and Non-recordable injury? A basic explanation of a Recordable injury is an injury which requires treatment beyond first-aid and/or results in missed work-hours beyond the day of the injury. A more descriptive definition can be found by clicking this link: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/

OHSA logs are extremely important documents
Failure to provide accurate and complete logs when required could result in significant fines. Either know the requirements well or find someone who does.

For more information on OHSA log reporting or any other Human Resources topic call (651) 888-1113. A variety of other information related to business and HR is also available on this website.

Doug Pepin- Adviser-HR LLC is a Business and Human Resources Consulting firm located in Stillwater, Minnesota, serving the Greater Twin Cities area. Doug works with clients who are serious about making ethical, cost-saving improvements to their businesses resulting in increased productivity and compliant work practices.

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