One of the key points to worker safety is understanding how and why accidents occur. OSHA 300 Forms are what provide this information. These forms document workplace accidents, incidents and injuries which required medical attention beyond first aid. This information helps businesses and OSHA to develop new compliance programs that stay up to date, and keep workers safe.
OSHA FORM 300
The OSHA form 300 is the foundation for reporting Work Related Injuries and Illnesses. While this form is mandatory there are a few industries which are exempt, such as ones with less than 10 employees. This form needs to be filled out for work related fatalities, injuries resulting in loss of consciousness, work related cancers, irreversible diseases,broken bones, and punctured eardrums. The forms require one to provide extensive information including the year, Employee's job title, date and description of the incidents, and workplace impact.
THE OSHA FORM 300A
After you fill out an OSHA 300 form, you must also complete an OSHA 300A form. This form is the Summary of Work Related Injuries and Illnesses. It goes into greater depth on the incident which occurred and the resulting consequences. It must be posted in a public place and remain available for all workers to see form February 1st to April 30th of each calendar year.
THE OSHA FORM 301
The OSHA From 301 is the most extensive of all the OSHA 300 Forms. This form details out the complete incident, what injuries resulted, and how the incident was handled. In addition to information about the injury, this form documents any and all medical attention which was received, and any eyewitness reports about the accident, and the safety plan moving forward. All OSHA forms must be submitted within seven days of an incident, and kept on file for a minimum of five years.