February Deadline for California Employers

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Posted by: CEA's HR Advisor Team on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 12:00:00 am

Certain California employers are being reminded by Cal/OSHA to post 2017 annual summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses. The summaries must be posted from February 1 through April 30 and must be placed in a visible and accessible area at each worksite.

“Employers must post these summaries so that workers are aware of work-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in the previous year,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “This requirement also promotes accurate record keeping and can help bring attention to potential hazards that need to be addressed.”

Employers must complete and post Form 300A even if no workplace injuries have occurred.

Exempt Employers

There are two classes of employers that are partially exempt from routinely keeping injury and illness records. First, employers with ten or fewer employees at all times during the previous calendar year are exempt.

Second, establishments in certain low-hazard industries are also partially exempt from routinely keeping OSHA injury and illness records. View the list here to see if you are exempt.

Instructions and templates are available online free on Cal/OSHA’s Internet website, at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh1.html, including instructions on filling out both the log (Form 300) and annual summary (Form 300A) of work-related injuries and illnesses.

Source: State of California, Department of Industrial Relations, News Release No. 2018-08, January 31, 2018, http://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2018/2018-08.pdf; Cal/OSHA, Employer Recordkeeping, Forms and Instructions for Employer Records of Occupational Injury and Illness http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/etools/recordkeeping/CaStandard/CalStandard.htm.

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