System Office of Risk Services

OSHA Log Information

Reporting of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA 300)

Question:

Why do I have to keep an OSHA 300 log when businesses like the University are exempt from this requirement because they are listed as a low-hazard industry by OSHA?

Answer:

You are correct, the University’s Standard Industrial Classification (SIC code 82) would make it exempt from reporting occupational injuries and illnesses to the State Department of Labor.   However, 29 C.F.R. 1904.0 requires an otherwise exempted industry to report if asked to do so by either federal OSHA, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), or a state agency operating under the authority of OSHA or the BLS.  


Each year, the University receives a “Notification of Requirement to Participate in the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses” from the U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics, through the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.   This written notification overrides the exempt status of the SIC code.

REFERENCES

Federal Regulation Codes:

29 CFR 1904.39.

Recordkeeping: Every employer covered by OSHA who has more than 10 employees, except for employers in certain low-hazard industries, must maintain three types of OSHA specified records of job related injuries and illnesses – OSHA form 300, 300A and 301 (or its equivalent).  At UA, all campuses utilize the Intelex database as an equivalent of the OSHA form 300.

The OSHA Form 300 is an injury/illness log, with a separate line entry for each recordable injury or illness. Such events include work related deaths, injuries and illnesses, (other than minor injuries that require only first aid treatment and that do not involve medical treatment), loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, or transfer to another job. Each year, the employer must post a summary of the OSHA Form 300 on a Form 300A, which includes the previous year's injuries and illnesses.

OSHA Form 301 is an individual incident report that provides added detail about each specific recordable injury or illness. A suitable insurance or workers compensation form that provides the same details may be substituted for OSHA Form 301.

State Regulation Codes:

In the interest of keeping regulations applying to Occupational Safety and Health in one location, 8 AAC 61.1010 has been repealed and readopted to allow for the addition of 29 CFR 1904.0-38 and 29 CFR 1904.40-.46

8 AAC 61.1010. Standards

(a) Under AS 18.60.030,29 CFR 1904.0 -- 1904.38 and 29 CFR 1904.40 -- 1904.46, as amended, are occupational safety and health standards in this state, as revised in this section and except as provided in 8 AAC 61.1015 (seasonal business posting rules).

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