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Summary of Action Item:  Post your company’s Cal/OSHA Form 300A, “Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.”The United States Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and the California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 require certain employers to prepare and maintain records of work-related injuries and illnesses.  To this end, both OSHA and Cal/OSHA have created specific record-keeping forms that are used to track and compile statistics on work-related injuries and illnesses.

In California, covered employers are required to maintain annually the Cal/OSHA Form 300, “Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses,” to record specific details about every work-related death and about 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.  (This is a different standard from, and should not be confused with, an employer’s obligation to timely report to Cal/OSHA any serious injury or illness, or death, of an employee occurring in a place of employment or in connection with any employment as required by Section 342(a), Title 8, California Code of Regulations.)

Based on that Cal/OSHA Form 300, from February 1 through April 30, most California employers are required to post Cal/OSHA Form 300A, “Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.”  This Annual Summary must be posted in a conspicuous location where notices to employees are normally posted, even if no injury or illness occurred in the prior calendar year.  (When no injury or illness occurred, an  employer should post the form with zeros across the total lines.)  The Annual Summary is intended to alert workers to possible hazards and includes average number of employees at the workplace and hours used to calculate injury and illness rates.

The requirement to post Form 300A applies to employers with 11 or more workers, excluding low-hazard establishments in the retail, services, finance and real-estate sectors.

Form 300A should be removed after its three-month posting period and should be retained for a period of five years following the calendar year to which it pertains.

If you have any questions about this posting requirement, or any other question about your company’s OSHA compliance, please contact your SFSSW attorney.  If you do not presently have an attorney with the firm, please contact Millicent, Janet or David.

Millicent N. Sanchez8203msanchez@swerdlowlaw.com
Janet I. Swerdlow8202jswerdlow@swerdlowlaw.com
David A. Wimmer8201dwimmer@swerdlowlaw.com
Lori M. Yankelevits8205lyankelevits@swerdlowlaw.com
Karen E. Rhodes8206krhodes@swerdlowlaw.com
Emily G. Camastra8213ecamastra@swerdlowlaw.com
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