The deadline for employers to submit workplace injury and illness paperwork to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is quickly approaching. On February 1, thousands of companies will be sending in their logs of incident data, which means that prior to that date they’ll be working hard to assemble and organize their documentation so as not to miss the deadline.
If this is your first time submitting OSHA logs or you simply need a refresher, we’ve assembled a list of three types of incidents often left unreported that you should be recording:
- Any injury resulting in a cut or skin puncture that exposed a worker to someone else’s blood, or an infectious material
- Cases in which an employee may have contracted tuberculosis, based on the results of a test performed by a physician or licensed healthcare professional when it is known that the employee has been exposed to an active infection
- Situations in which an employee takes a hearing test and it is determined that they have experienced a Standard Threshold Shift in one or both ears.
Due to the complexity of OSHA laws and regulations, it can sometimes be difficult for employers to know for certain that they are adhering to all of the agency’s rules. However, there are tools available that can make the compliance process both simpler and more thorough. By using incident management software such as IndustrySafe, your firm can streamline your safety assessment program and incident reporting procedures. This application can fill out required forms and make it much easier to avoid citations and penalties.