OSHA (Federal) Reminds Employers to E-File OSHA 300A Annual Summary By 3/2/20
OSHA (Federal) requires employers of 20-250 employees in specific industries to E-File their 300A Annual Summary of injuries for 2019 on or before 3/2/2020. OSHA seeks to use this data, which tracks job related injuries and illnesses in one calendar year, to target more specific industries with higher rates of injury to come up with improved injury prevention programs. With the rising interest in employment law across the country, employers are advised to look into the requirements of OSHA and if applicable their state specific OSHA department.
Cal/OSHA (CA) requires employers to establish and Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). An IIPP is a policy that is to be established in a workplace on requirements for employers and employees to follow to prevent injuries/illness. Some industries, such as warehousing and construction, often require more comprehensive programs. Cal/OSHA has a E-Tool to help business create an IIPP.
I helped a distribution center in Los Angeles establish a Safety Footwear Program to provide employees who work on or near forklifts with appropriate footwear. The company was cited for several violations after an employee was severely injured by a forklift's forks. Part of the investigation and ultimate settlement with Cal/OSHA involved establishing a program that required the employer to pay for work needed shoes that better suited the environment. Cal/OSHA itself had the requirements of what type of shoe needed to be worn making it easier for the employer to locate the shoes and budget for that expense.
While Cal/OSHA citations often allow the employer time to resolve the issues, employers are bet served to inspect their own operations to locate areas of safety improvement without a citation to prompt such action. Cal/OSHA has created several checklists to help.
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