The OSHA 300 form is used by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It is known as a log of work-related injuries and illness. It must be used anytime a serious injury or death occurs at work. The injuries that need to be included are those that result in the loss of consciousness, an inability to work, or medical treatment beyond simple first aid.
The log requires that the date of the injury be listed, along with the injured employee's name and job title. A detailed description of the injury is then needed, including where it happened, what body parts were injured, and what caused the injury. If the incident involves an illness, the type of illness must be checked off.
As the case progresses, the log will need to be updated with information about how long the injured person is out of work, what kind of treatment is given, and what the outcome is relating to the injured party's job.
To complete an OSHA Form 300, you will need to provide the following information:
The majority of employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. This record helps employers and OSHA evaluate the safety of a workplace, understand common hazards in the industry, and implement protective measures.
Records of workplace-related injuries and illnesses must be maintained at the worksite for at least five years. Each February through April, employers are required to post a summary of the injuries and illnesses that were recorded the previous year. If requested, copies of the records must be provided to current and former employees, or their representatives.
Employers are required to report any worker fatality within 8 hours and any amputation, loss of eye, or hospitalization of a worker within 24 hours.