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Employers must list injury and illness summaries

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Employers must now post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred last year. The summary required to be filed must list the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2005 and that were logged on the OSHA 300 form. Employment information about annual average number of employees and total hours worked during the calendar year is also required. This data will be used in calculating incidence rates. Companies with no recordable injuries or illnesses in 2005 must still post the form with zeros shown on the total line. All establishment summaries must be certified by a company executive. The form is to be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Employers must make a copy of the summary available to employees who move from worksite to worksite, such as construction workers, and employees who do not report to any fixed establishment on a regular basis.

Employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in certain industry groups are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements. Exempted employers may still be selected by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics to participate in an annual statistical survey. All employers covered by OSHA need to comply with safety and health standards, and must report all fatal accidents or the hospitalization of three or more employees verbally within eight hours to the nearest OSHA office. A complete list of exempt industries in the retail, services, finance, and real estate sectors is posted on OSHA’s website, which is www.osha.gov. Copies of the OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301 are available on the OSHA Recordkeeping Web page in either Adobe PDF or Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet format.

Source: Insurance Journal