Recordkeeping procedures from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) serve to help create safe workplaces, as well as reduce and eliminate hazards that put workers at risk. With 4,405 worker deaths recorded in 2013 (by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), there is a definite need to strive for greater injury prevention—and a reduction in OSHA violations as well. In fiscal 2013 alone, OSHA issued 78,196 total violations.
Proper OSHA recordkeeping remains a top priority for employers.
Among the OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping forms that must be completed include:
As of January 1, 2015, there is an updated list of industries exempt from being required to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records because they have low injury and illness rates. The new list is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and injury and illness data from BLS from 2007-2009.
The key changes to the reporting rule that employees must know are: