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Filing Injury Reports Online: Are You Compliant?

By April 24, 2018June 28th, 2019No Comments

OSHA recently determined that more than a third of injury reports that should be submitted online by workplaces in the United States are not.

As a reminder, there are two scenarios that require employers to file injury reports online:

  • An organization has at least 250 employees and is currently required to keep an OSHA log.
  • An organization has 20-249 employees and is classified in an industry with historically high rates of injuries.
  • OSHA enforces these reporting requirements and will issue an “other-than-serious” citation if a workplace does not comply. In addition, they will conduct a mass mailing outreach to employers who do not submit their Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses or 300A form.

There is a fine line between reporting injuries when necessary but not over reporting injuries. So, when must you file?

If the injury results in any of the following, it must be reported:

  • Death
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Days away from work
  • Restricted work
  • Job transfer
  • Medical treatment beyond first aid

What counts as first aid treatment?

  • Using non-prescription medication at non-prescription strength
  • Administering a Tetanus shot
  • Cleaning, flushing or soaking a wound
  • Using a bandage, gauze pad or butterfly stitch
  • Hot or cold therapy
  • Utilizing non-rigid means of support
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