The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) is a segment of the Department of Labor that sets guidelines for businesses to provide safe working conditions for employees, including setting requirements that organizations report severe illnesses and fatalities of their employees.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations may need to meet upcoming OSHA deadlines in order to be compliant with these reporting requirements.
Here, we’ve provided the basics for some of the most pertinent deadlines that businesses with 10 or more employees need to be aware of.
Form 300A Posting
What it is: The OSHA Form 300A is a summary of the serious workplace injuries and illnesses in your organization from the previous year.
What to do with it: OSHA Form 300A is posted within your organization.
The deadline: The deadline for posting Form 300A by employers is February 1, 2021.
Additional information: The OSHA Form 300A must be posted in a location that is clearly visible to all employees, and it must remain posted until April 30, 2021. Employees also have the right to obtain a copy as well.
Form 300 Submission
What it is: The OSHA Form 300 is an injury tracking application.
What to do with it: Form 300 must be submitted to OSHA.
The deadline: The OSHA Form 300 is required to be submitted no later than March 2 of each year for the prior calendar year.
Additional information: It’s important to note that OSHA requires the reporting of COVID-19 illnesses on an OSHA Form 300 log if the following conditions are met:
- There is a confirmed positive COVID-19 case;
- The case is confirmed as work-related as a result of an event or exposure in the work environment; and
- One or more of the general OSHA recording requirements is involved, which include:
- Illness which results in time away from work
- Medical treatment requiring first aid
- Loss of consciousness
Employers must report to OSHA any work-related fatalities or hospitalizations due to COVID-19 contracted through the workplace.
Severe Injury or Death Reporting
What it is: Employers are required to report any worker fatality, loss of eye or limb or hospitalization of an employee.
What to do with it: This report must be submitted to OSHA.
The deadline: Fatalities must be reported within eight hours. Severe injuries must be reported within 24 hours.
Learn More About Your Business’s Reporting Requirements
If you have questions about how these reporting requirements impact your organization, please reach out to your Warren Averett advisor directly, or ask a member of our team to reach out to you to start the conversation.