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Last Reminder: OSHA Posting

Companies must post–from February 1st to April 30th– OSHA Form 300A in a common area wherever notices to employees are usually posted. All establishment summaries must be certified by a company executive. While employers with 10 or fewer employees are normally exempt from federal OSHA injury and illness record-keeping and posting requirements, it is still a good thing to post the summary log anyway. Companies with no record-able injuries or illnesses in 2016 must post the form with zeros on the total line.

There is some confusion among members about the need to electronically submit their 2016 Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300A). As the regulation reads, companies with 250 or more employees are required to electronically submit Form 300A records, and companies with 20-249 employees in certain industries, including the printing, have to electronically submit this form. Any employer that meets the criteria of either of these categories must upload their 2016 Form 300A annual summaries by December 15, 2017.

However, Cal/OSHA and several other state plans have not adopted the requirement to submit injury and illness summary reports electronically. Thus California companies do not have to electronically file their summary data, at least for this reporting cycle.

If you need direction on completing the OSHA 300, 300A and 301 forms, there is a brief tutorial at the following website: www.osha.gov/recordkeeping.

Recommendation: Businesses in California are not currently required to submit their summary data trough the Electronic Injury Tracking Application (ITA).

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