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Safety Records Don't Happen By Accident
Reporting Reminder and Facility Recognition Opportunity
Right now is the perfect time to remind you of a new year to-do that involves reporting - specifically, OSHA Injury and Illness data reporting. If you are responsible for health and safety in your company, you probably have some part in keeping up an OSHA 300 log. A summary of those work-related injuries and illnesses must be submitted in your OSHA 300A form for the calendar year 2021 by March 2, 2022.
Take advantage of this to-do by getting industry recognition for your dedication to health and safety from FBA and AICC – The Independent Packaging Association. Fibre Box Association (FBA) will publish the 2021 Corrugated Container Industry – Annual Report of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and Safety Awards in March. Last year, 416 corrugated facilities were recognized for plant safety.
What is the OSHA 300 Log?
The OSHA Form 300 is a form for employers to record all reportable injuries and illnesses that occur in the workplace. Where and when they happen, the nature of the case, the name and job title of the team member injured or made sick must be included, as well as the number of days away from work or on restricted or light duty.
Establishments with 250 or more employees (at any time during the reporting year) must submit OSHA Forms 300 and 301 until January 2019 electronically. However, you must keep the forms on file for five years as OSHA will continue to obtain the records through inspections and enforcement actions.
You must document all work-related fatalities and reportable injuries and illnesses in the
OSHA 300 Log
. Establishments are required to record the above if they result in the following:
There are exceptions, and doing some digging will help determine if an incident at work resulted from a non-work-related exposure or event.
Form 301 Incident Report
The Injury and Illness Incident Report
records a case-by-case occurrence of an injury or illness. You have seven days to fill out Form 301 or an equivalent when a recordable work-related injury or illness has occurred. Some state workers' compensation, insurance, or other reports may be acceptable.
Where to find the Standard, OSHA Forms, and other requirements
More details on the OSHA standard are available in
29 cfr §1904
. Use the following path for the PDFs of Forms
300A, and 301
, also available in a fillable format. You can find the OSHA Injury Tracking Application
Completing and Posting OSHA 300A Annual Summary to OSHA
Download Form 300A
. You'll need your Employee Identification Number (EIN) as well. Create an Injury Tracking Application (ITA) account
and follow the instructions from there.
The prior year's OSHA 300A must be summarized and posted in the workplace from February 1 through the end of April the following year. All team members should have access to the information regardless of position or location within the facility.
Note that OSHA does not send out any reminders to complete the Forms. FBA does, and we want to recognize your health and safety achievements. So, we strongly encourage companies that aren't currently participating in our OII Report and Safety Awards to help strengthen our industry and drive safer and healthier plants by sending FBA their 2021 300A by March 1. Safety records don't happen by accident - you've focused on putting safety first all year, and it's time you receive recognition for it.
Please participate in our industry safety awards today
Chase Kammerer is the Technical Services Manager at Fibre Box Association (FBA). If you have technical questions about the corrugated industry, you can reach him directly at