Posting of the OSHA Injury/Illness Summaries in February

Do you know where to find the OSHA 300A Injury/Illness Summary in your shop?  The form should be posted in your facility somewhere that is obvious to everyone, such as a publicly shared area.

Employers with 11 or more employees MUST post the OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses starting February 1 thru April 30, unless your company falls under the list of specific exempt industries.  Employers with ten or fewer employees and employers in certain industry groups are exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and posting requirements.  A complete list of specific exempt industries is posted on OSHA’s web site at:

The information on the summary is based on total numbers of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in the past year and were logged on the OSHA 300 Log.  The summary supplies you with a variety of information such as, the total number of injury and illness types, total number hours worked throughout the year, the average number of employees in the facility over the year and target areas with the most incidents. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Labor Department may still select exempted employers to participate in an annual statistical survey.  All employers covered by OSHA, including those partially exempt, must comply with safety and health standards and report verbally, within 8 hours, to the nearest OSHA office, all accidents which result in one or more fatalities or in the hospitalization of 3 or more employees.  Employers must also report fatalities involving fatal heart attacks.

If you haven’t noticed the Injury/Illness Summary in your facility before, now is a good time to find out where the summary is going to be located.  Verify that the correct information is on the form, according to OSHA every work-related injury or illness that involves loss of consciousness, restricted work activity or job transfer, days away from work, or medical treatment beyond first aid must be recorded.  The posted 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses will indicate what areas may need training, to reduce injuries and illnesses. 

For an example of the form you are looking for or regarding what information should be included on forms, click on:

Copies of the OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301 are available from either your local OSHA office or the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations office at 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210.