Do you have your OSHA 300A publication deadline on your calendar? February 1, right?
Maybe you missed it. Maybe you are new to the business. The Brewers Association Safety Sub-Committee would like to remind all breweries employing more than 10 full-time equivalent workers to the requirement to document all recordable work-related injuries or illnesses.
According to OSHA, a “recordable occupational injury or illness” involves “death, loss of consciousness, days off work, restriction of work or movement, transfer to another job, medical treatment other than first aid or the diagnosis of a serious injury or illness by a physician or other licensed medical professional”.
For example, a minor sprain that is treated on the spot with ice, athletic tape, and ibuprofen does not require registration. Back strain due to poor lifting of the malt bags which results in CT scan and physical therapy is recordable. Minor burn from contact with a steam pipe: not recordable. Kettle overflow causing third degree burns and requiring hospitalization and skin grafting: recordable.
In addition to counting the number of records that occur during the year, OSHA wants employers to count the number of workdays affected by these injuries and illnesses. This measure is called DART – days absent from work, days of restricted work and days of work transferred to another activity.
OSHA has three one-page forms for this requirement. They are not difficult to complete if you understand what each is for. They print best on 8.5 x 14 inch paper.
Here’s a handy chart explaining each. We’ve listed the forms in the order you need to fill them out—which isn’t the numerical order of the forms—one of OSHA’s little quirks.
|Form No.||Form title||What is it and when is it needed?|
|301||Injury and Illness Incident Report||A confidential medical information form that is completed within 7 calendar days of receiving information that a recordable work-related injury or illness has occurred. The 301 records the injured worker’s personal information, a list of medical professionals who consulted, and details of the incident of the particular injury or illness. 301 Records must be kept for at least five years.|
|300||Register of accidents at work and occupational diseases||This form is essentially a record of all injury and illness incident reports (301 forms) filed throughout the calendar year. This form includes confidential information, including the identity of the worker, a description of the incident and the resulting injury or illness, and a place to indicate the DART days and the classification of the type of injury or illness. sickness. Form 300 is completed even when there is no recordable occupational injury or disease.|
|300A||Summary of work-related injuries and illnesses||The public summary form that draws from the 300 entries in the form. It does not list the names of workers, but counts the number of cases and the total number of DART days. Importantly, the 300A includes a signed affidavit from an officer of the company. The 300A for the previous calendar year must be visibly displayed in the workplace from February 1 through April 30. The 300A is posted even when there are no recordable occupational injuries or illnesses.|
The most important shape right now is the 300A. It is to be released on February 1. The three forms are available in .pdf and .xls formats to be completed at https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/RKforms.html.
A concise OSHA slideshow provides great advice and can be found here: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/osha-Log300-11-01.ppt.
Failure to record injuries and illnesses is a common OSHA citation during inspections. Without accurate injury data, a company cannot reliably know whether workplace safety improvements have resulted in reduced injury rates. Injury-free experiences are just as important as those that report injuries for annual record keeping data to be accurate and compliant.
BA Safety Ambassador Matt Stinchfield can be contacted with specific questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.