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Saturday, January 31, 2009

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Reminds California Employers to Post Form 300A

The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DIR/DOSH) has issued a press release reminding California employers to post at their place of business a summary of work-related injuries and illnesses during 2008.

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.

The deadline is upon us. According to Cal/OSHA, the summary must be displayed in a visible area from Feb. 1 through April 30 for employee review.  The posting period helps improve safety, according to state officials. “The summary is designed to create safety awareness in the workplace for employers and employees so similar injuries can be prevented in the future,” notes DIR Director John. C Duncan

Which employers must post Form 300a? Employers with 11 or more employees, except those covered in the California low-hazard establishments in the retail, services, finance and real estate sectors. For information about whether your company is an excepted establishment, follow this link to the Cal/OSHA website: List of exempt establishments.

Covered employers must display the totals from the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (CAL/OSHA form 300A) wherever employee notices are usually posted. Cal/OSHA also requires employers to mail or provide the annual summary to employees who do not report at least weekly to a location where the annual summary for their workplace is 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.

Submitted by:
Christopher W. Olmsted, Esq.
Barker Olmsted & Barnier, APLC

Posted by Christopher W. Olmsted on 01/31 at 12:42 AM
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