Published Date: 02/17/2014
By George Ports
A question often asked is: “If an injury occurs in one year, but results in days away from work the following year, should the days away from work be recorded on the OSHA log in both years?”
The answer to this question is NO.
The number of calendar days away from work due to occupational injury or illness must be recorded on the OSHA Log 300 for the year in which the injury or illness occurred. If the employee continues to be away from work when the annual summary is prepared (January of the next year), employers are required to estimate the number of days that the employee is expected to be out of work and record them on the annual summary for the year in which the injury or illness occurred. The summary should be later updated to reflect the actual number of days lost or when the days away from work reach 180 days (you are not required to keep track of the number of days away from work and/or days of job transfer or restriction in excess of 180 days).
For more information concerning OSHA recordkeeping requirements, go to http://j.mp/os-ha3.
Reminder – Employers subject to OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements should have posted the OSHA 300A in a conspicuous place at their worksite on 2/1/14. This notice should remain posted until 4/30/14. The OSHA 300A is the summary of injuries and illnesses taken from the OSHA Log 300 that is maintained during the year.