OSHA Proposes Change to Electronic Recordkeeping Rule

Posted by Greg Andress on Aug 31, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is considering eliminating the requirement to report some injury and illness data electronically. For the past few years, an OSHA recordkeeping rule has required establishments covered by record-keeping regulations to submit certain reports to the federal government online.

Currently, certain companies with 20-249 employees are required to submit OSHA Form 300A each year. The OSHA Form 300A summary details workplace injuries and illnesses. In addition, larger establishments with 250 or more employees were supposed to begin electronically submitting data from OSHA Form 300 and 301. Those forms are illness and injury logs and incident reports.

However, in light of anticipated changes, OSHA announced it would not be accepting the additional submissions. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was issued in July and proposed changes would eliminate the requirement to electronically submit OSHA Forms 300 and 301. Larger establishments would still be required to submit Form 300A electronically.

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Topics: workplace safety, safety culture

How a Solid Workplace Safety Program Can Save You

Posted by Greg Andress on Sep 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Workplace safety is not something to take lightly. In fact, having a solid safety program can save you in a big way. In 2015, there were 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers. When you break that down, that means three in every 100 full-time workers, has an accident on the job. What does that mean to you? Workplace accidents cost employers $250 Billion every year. When you think about accidents, think:

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Topics: workplace safety, Workers' Compensation, Risk Management

Be Aware of These Most Common Workplace Hazards

Posted by Greg Andress on Sep 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Whether your company sets up shop on a job site or in an office, there are workplace hazards you should be aware of, especially since it’s your job to promote workplace safety. When you hear about hazards, you most often probably think of safety hazards, things like slip-and-falls or maybe even electrical hazards. But what about ergonomic, environmental or chemical? The following list helps break down the six most common workplace hazards as defined by OSHA.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation, workplace safety

4 Best Practices for Creating a Safety Culture in the Workplace

Posted by Greg Andress on Aug 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Creating a safety culture in the workplace is one of the best ways to keep your employees accident-free. Not only does everyone return home safely, it can lower your workers’ compensation risk – and therefore, your premium. Your employees will appreciate it, too, and want to participate in looking out for themselves, each other and the organization as a whole.

A safety culture in the workplace doesn’t just mean certain workers will do things like wear the proper protective equipment or maintain machinery – it means your crew will work together to make sure everyone is following the proper procedures and staying aware of hazards. Here are four best practices for creating a safety culture in the workplace – and maintaining it.

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Topics: safety culture, workplace safety, Workers' Compensation, Risk Management

4 Workplace Safety Tips Every Employee Should Know

Posted by Greg Andress on Aug 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It’s your job as an employer to help keep your employees safe on the job, and that doesn’t just mean providing them with the proper safety equipment. Whether it’s in a warehouse, on a job site, or in an office-setting, creating a culture of safety is key to sending your employees home in the same condition they arrived in.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation, safety culture, workplace safety, Human Resources, Risk Management

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