What Does OSHA 300A Mean?
The OSHA 300A form is a form that employers must use to provide an annual summary of all OSHA-recordable accidents to occur within a specific workplace location.
Its primary purpose is to provide employees with a transparent picture of their workplace’s safety history.
Safeopedia Explains OSHA 300A
The posting of the OSHA 300A log is legally required of all U.S. workplaces in which there are 11 or more employees, unless the workplace is part of a low-risk industry that OSHA has given a partial exemption to. Specifically, OSHA requires that the OSHA 300A log be posted for employee review in a generally accessible area of the workplace from February to April of each year.
The OSHA 300A form is a summary version of the OSHA 300 log, which provides information about every OSHA-recordable injury that has occurred within a particular workplace within a given annual period. While the OSHA 300 log is primarily used for the purpose of establishing a detailed record for internal review, as well as to be made available to OSHA and other authorities if necessary, the purpose of the OSHA 300A form is to provide employees and external interested parties (i.e. the public) with a general and transparent overview of the various recordable injury and illness incidents that have occurred within a given workplace and year. In addition to legal requirements that mandate that the OSHA 300A form be posted for employees, the form must also be submitted to OSHA as an electronic form so that OSHA can make it publicly available online.
The other common injury record form used by OSHA is the OSHA 301 form, which provides a record of specific incidents. The OSHA 300A form differentiates itself from the 300 and 301 forms due to the fact that it does not contain information about individual employees, and therefore it can be posted publicly without breaching the confidentiality of employees.