Form 300A: OSHA Fast Facts for Employers
January 22, 2019
To all our commercial clients (or for anyone seeking help with their Massachusetts business insurance), here’s a quick reminder about OSHA Form 300A, which needs to be tabulated and posted soon… If you’re not sure where or how to get started, call our incredible team: 508.339.2951 before the February 2019 deadline.
What Is Form 300A?
Form 300A summarizes all your company’s work-related injuries and illnesses recorded in 2018.
What’s the Difference between OSHA Forms 300, 301, and 300A?
All three forms document your workplace injuries and illnesses. The first one (Form 300) is an incident summary. OSHA recommends using yours to identify and address specific hazards in your work environment: Using Your OSHA 300 Log to Improve Health and Safety. The second (Form 301) is a location-based log, to help you track incidents in one branch or job site versus another. And the third (Form 300A) combines the other two to create a comprehensive outline. Here’s a closer look at forms 300, 301, and 300A.
Where Do I Need to Post Form 300A?
As per OSHA, the summary must be posted in your common work area(s)—e.g. where your employee notices are usually placed.
When Do I Need to Post It?
The log must be posted by February 1 and remain posted through April 30.
Can My Company Post the Form Electronically Instead?
Nope. According to OSHA interpretation letters, you must post a hard copy of Form 300A at each of your establishments.
What If We Have People Working Remotely?
You should send those employees a physical form to post in their home or other established work site.
How Do I Know If Form 300A Applies to My Company?
If you maintain a staff of 10 or fewer employees, then you are exempt. You might also be exempt depending on the type of work you do, regardless of company size. Here’s a list of industries typically exempt from Form 300A. Keep in mind, there are always exceptions to rules. If you’re uncertain, your best bet is to contact your MA commercial insurance agent. You can reach us at 508.339.2951.
What’s the Penalty for Not Posting the Form?
When it comes to OSHA penalty amounts, the stakes are a little higher in 2019 (to adjust for inflation). Going forward, new penalties for willful and repeat violations will be $132,598 per violation; serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirements are $13,260 per violation; and failure to abate violations are $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date.