CA Reminds Employers To Post Annual Summary Of Work-Related Injuries And Illnesses

San Francisco, CA (CompNewsNetwork) – The Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DIR/DOSH) reminds all California employers to post at their place of business a summary of work-related injuries and illnesses during 2008.

"The summary must be displayed in a visible area from Feb. 1 through April 30 for employee review. The log provides in detail the type and severity of the injuries that occurred," said DIR Director John. C Duncan.  "The summary is designed to create safety awareness in the workplace for employers and employees so similar injuries can be prevented in the future."

The Form 300A requires employers to report the number of injuries each year, even if no work-related injuries occurred. Vital information must also include the nature of the injury or illness that the employee suffered, the severity of the work-related incidents and the number of days the employee missed work due to the injury.  

Employees, former employees and their representatives have the right to review the Cal/OSHA Form 300A in its entirety at any time.

Employers with 11 or more employees, except those covered in the California low-hazard establishments in the retail, services, finance and real estate sectors, must display the totals from the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (CAL/OSHA form 300A) wherever employee notices are usually posted.

If there is more than one business establishment, a separate log and summary must be posted in each physical location that is expected to be in operation for one year or longer.

"The summaries can be an effective tool in helping businesses reduce workplace injuries," said Duncan. "Employers can use the data to identify injury and illness patterns and pro-actively make necessary changes or modifications to their safety program and make their workplace safer."

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