Cal/OSHA has just released a reminder to all California employers that between February 1 and April 30 they must post summaries of all work-related injuries and illnesses from the previous year. Every year, employers must publish data about injuries and illness that took place at the worksite. The California Code of Regulations (Title 8 Sections 14300 – 14300.48) sets out the definitions and requirements for recordable work-related fatalities, injuries, and illnesses.
Cal/OSHA, also referred to as the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, is a division of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). The Division was created to protect workers from safety and health on the job. Cal/OSHA’s injury-summary requirement was created to remind employers and employees about the importance of workplace safety by highlighting the need to address potential hazards. In the annual publication, employers are require to give a summary about every work-related death, injury, or illness that occurred in the past year.
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has made it easy for employers to meet this requirement by making free instructions and forms available on Cal/OSHA’s Record Keeping Overview website. The most important form is the Form 300A, which is a summary template employer’s must post in an easily accessible and discernable area. Employers have to complete and post the Form 300A even if there were not any workplace injuries in the past year.
The California Code of Regulations exempts a few employers from having to post an injury summary under certain circumstances. Public or private sector employers who have all of their establishments classified in the retail, service, finance, insurance, or real estate industries do not need to keep Cal/OSHA injury and illness records unless the government asks them to. However, all employers still have to report any workplace incident that results in a serious injury, illness, or death to Cal/OSHA.