What Does OSHA 300 Log Mean?
The OSHA 300 log is a form that some employers covered by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are required to maintain as a record of serious occupational illness or injuries. In this log, employers must record and classify any illness or injury that result from exposures or events that occurred at the workplace.
The OSHA 300 log is also known as the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses or OSHA Form 300.
WorkplaceTesting Explains OSHA 300 Log
The information recorded in the OSHA 300 log helps employers and regulators evaluate overall workplace safety and identify workplace hazards or injury patterns.
Among the the injuries or illness that must be recorded in the log are any work-related fatalities and work-related injuries that require medical treatment other than first aid. Work-related injuries or illnesses that result in a loss of consciousness, cause the employee to miss work, or require a job modification or transfer also must be recorded. Punctured ear drums, needle sticks, broken bones, and similar injuries must be recorded. Illnesses such as cancer attributable to workplace exposure must also be included in the log.
Not all employers are required to maintain OSHA 300 logs. In particular, employers with ten or fewer employees are exempt from this record-keeping regulation. Also, some employers in low-hazard industries are not required to maintain an OSHA 300 log.