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A safer, healthier workplace is within every employer’s reach. Learn the basic OSHA standards and smart business practices that protect your workers and keep you in compliance with recordkeeping, reporting and training requirements.​

OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements & Guidelines

Accidents Happen – Know Your Recordkeeping Responsibilities When They Do

In general, you’re required to record and report work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses – unless you’re a business with 10 or fewer employees, or in a low-hazard industry. Even if you’re exempt, you must display a mandatory OSHA poster prominently in the workplace. Get the details on these and other recordkeeping requirements.

Notices & Posters
Notices & Posters

At a minimum, you’re required to display the OSHA “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law” poster in a conspicuous place where employees and applicants can see it. In addition, your employees, former employees, authorized employee representatives and the government have the right to access your OSHA injury and illness records.

In this chapter, you'll learn:

  • Who must keep OSHA records
  • How to providing records to employees and/or the government
  • Guidelines to display the OSHA “It’s the Law” poster
Injury & Illness Reporting

Once you’ve determined if you’re covered by OSHA’s recordkeeping requirement, you need to know what types of injuries and illnesses to record. Understand the four steps that can help you make the determination – and the three main OSHA forms (300, 300A and 301) used to document recordable incidents.

In this chapter, you'll learn:

  • The four-step injury and illness reporting process
  • Guidelines on reporting fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations and eye losses
  • Where to record injuries and illnesses
Injury & Illness Reporting