OSHA has put a lot more emphasis on the tracking and recording of accidents and injuries. The obvious thought is that you can’t improve what you don’t measure. For years almost all employers have been required to keep track of their accidents and injuries via the OSHA 300 form. You should have 5 calendar years of OSHA 300 forms in your files. Additionally OSHA has now begun collecting the OSHA 300A information from nearly everyone that needs to keep a 300 form. The next electronic submission will be sometime this Summer.
The 300A summary of accidents and injuries are supposed to be posted each year beginning Continue reading
For the past few weeks we’ve written articles and sent reminders that the deadline to submit your OSHA 300A form electronically was December 15th. OSHA has said they will continue to accept data for 2016 through December 31, 2017. So… IF you have not send in your information, please do so. More information can be found in this blog or by visiting the OSHA site on the electronic submission.
OSHA has not extended the deadline but all indications are that the late submissions will not have enforcement action because of them. They will no longer accept 2016 data after the end of this year so failing to submit your data by then would likely end up in an enforcement action if discovered.
In other OSHA activity, OSHA is considering some changes to its policy on these electronic Continue reading
This has been a back and forth issue for some time. We were hoping the time wouldn’t come but it’s looking more evident that the time has come to send your 2016 OSHA 300A forms to OSHA.
Last year, OSHA released a new regulation on record keeping and reporting of injuries and illnesses. Originally, all employers with 20 or more employees at any point in the year in certain industries (including agriculture) needed to submit their OSHA 300A (Summary) data from calendar year 2016 to OSHA buy July of 2017. Under the new administration, that date was postponed and a proposed rulemaking came out that delayed the deadline for submission to December 1. The site for submittal of the 300A information went up in mid August.
We have continued to hear that OSHA will be making some changes to the rule but what those changes were have not been leaked. The hope was they would get rid of the Continue reading
Earlier this month you may have heard about OSHA getting beat up by Congress over the Volks Rule. There was a lot made about this in the political press over the past couple weeks and while many are fist pumping “hell yeah” they have no idea what actually happened. The issue is somewhat tedious but typifies the perceived abuse of authority many businesses saw under the previous administration.
To understand what happened and what didn’t happen earlier in the month we need to understand a little about a process (the reason for this article). OSHA derives its authority from the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The ACT (or law) is what established and grew OSH Administration (government agency). OSHA, under its authority can make rules to implement the law. They issue citations for violations of the law and rules (have the effect of law). If a cited company contests the citations, there are several steps in the process to get to an administrative law judge…then possibly an actual federal appeals court.
In the Volks decision, the Court told OSHA it didn’t have the authority to cite a company for failing to record an injury on the OSHA 300 form more than 6 months after the time it should have recorded it. The court said there’s a six month statue of limitations under the OSH Act Continue reading
Have you posted your OSHA 300 yet? All gins should have the OSHA 300 forms posted in a conspicuous place by now. These forms are to be put up no later than February 1 each year and stay posted until April 30. If you haven’t gotten it up, now is a good time to get it done.
The OSHA 300 is the annual summary of injuries and illnesses at a business. All recordable injuries for calendar year 2012 are to be in the log and the summary posted. This is one of the most commonly cited OSHA violations each year and should be one of the easiest to avoid.
The 300 log can be downloaded from the OSHA site at www.osha.gov/recordkeeping. Before posting the form, make sure it has been reviewed for completeness and signed by a responsible individual. The instructions for the form are included when you download the 300 as well as on the cite itself. You only need to post the form, not send it in to OSHA normally. If you receive a written request to send OSHA a copy of your data, please let us know. Only a few gins get selected to report each year.
Don’t hesitate to call Barry or myself if you have questions about this posting and recordkeeping.
We have mentioned on this blog before that OSHA is getting more active and more activist when it comes to fines. The cotton industry has not been immune to these increased fines. Our sister organization, the Southern Cotton Ginners, has recently mentioned,in their newsletter, that two gins in the Mid-South have been fined at levels we are not used to seeing…even for OSHA.
In their article, they listed six citations at these two gins with proposed penalties. First, a knock-out grommet missing from an electrical box carried a Continue reading