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OSHA – Recordkeeping & Reporting

OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses on OSHA Form 300: “Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses”. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded.

OSHA’s Focus Four

Worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities

5,190 workers were killed on the job in 2016 (3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) on average, more than 99 a week or more than 14 deaths every day.

Ladders. Where would we be without them?

Is the Injury a Recordable Condition?

If the injury or illness only requires the following type of treatment, consider it first aid and DO NOT record.

Safety Pays: Know Your EMR Number

Experience Modification Rate numbers (EMR) have a strong impact upon a business. It is a number used by insurance companies to gauge both past cost of injuries and future chances of risk. The lower the EMR of your business, the lower your worker compensation insurance premiums will be. An EMR of 1.0 is considered the industry average. If your business has an EMR greater than 1.0 the reason is simple. There has been a worker compensation claim that your insurance provider has paid. To mitigate the insurance company’s risk, your worker compensation premium is raised.


Sleep deprivation is an issue that is often ignored, yet frequently the root cause of decreased productivity, accidents, incidents and mistakes which cost companies billions of dollars each year, reports . Sleep deprivation is much more dangerous than you might realize.

Here are 10 real dangers associated with a sleep-deprived workforce:

General Safety - Carelessness

Have you ever done anything stupid, something that you know puts you at increased risk of injury? When you realize how stupid you were, whether you got hurt or not, do you ask yourself, "Why did I ever do that?" For your own future preservation, this should be a very important question for you to answer yourself. Consider the fact that approximately 20% of injuries are due to unsafe conditions and 80% are caused by unsafe acts.

Workplace Safety and the Flu

It's hard to perform your best when you are not feeling well due to the flu.

Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated guidance for protecting individuals from seasonal flu. Each year the vaccine is revised to protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common this season.

The Dangers of Wet Floors

Wet floors happen from time to time. Mopping, rain and melting snow are common reasons for wet floors. Serious concern should be granted to floors that remain wet on a continuous basis due to a water leak, leaking valve or condensation. Remember that wet floors, no matter what the reason, can be extremely dangerous. Wet floors are a major contributor to slips & falls where serious injuries are the result. Review these wet floor safety tips with all employees.

Hazards of wet floors