Cal/OSHA is reminding employers in California to post their 2022 annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses, including those related to COVID-19, by February 1, 2023. The Form 300A summary must be posted each year from February 1 through April 30.
The annual summary must be placed in a visible and easily accessible area at each worksite. This helps ensure workers are aware of work-related injuries and illnesses that occurred the previous year. Employers are required to complete and post Form 300A even if no workplace injuries occurred.
Instructions and form templates are available for download from Cal/OSHA’s Record Keeping Overview. The overview gives instructions on completing both the log (Form 300) and annual summary (Form 300A) of work-related injuries and illnesses.
Current and former employees and their representatives are entitled to a copy of the summary or the log upon request.
Many employers in California must also comply with electronic submission of workplace injury and illness records requirements by March 2 each year. Cal/OSHA has posted details on which employers are required to submit the electronic reports as well as other information online.
To be recordable, an illness must be work-related and result in one of the following:
– – Death
– – Days away from work
– – Restricted work or transfer to another job
– – Medical treatment beyond first aid
– – Loss of consciousness
– – A significant injury or illness diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional.
Employers that are required to record work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses must record a work-related COVID-19 fatality or illness like any other occupational illness. If a work-related COVID-19 case meets one of these criteria, then covered employers in California must record the case on their 300, 300A and 301 or equivalent forms.
The definitions and requirements for recordable work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses are outlined in the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, sections 14300 through 14300.48.
Cal/OSHA helps protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California. Employers who have questions or need assistance with workplace health and safety programs can call Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch at 800-963-9424 or their local Cal/OSHA Consultation Office or email InfoCons@dir.ca.gov.
Complaints about workplace safety and health hazards can be filed confidentially with Cal/OSHA district offices. Workers who have questions about workplace hazards and protections can call 833-579-0927 to speak with a Cal/OSHA representative during normal business hours.
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