When lapses in OSHA recordkeeping occur, the fault usually is with line managers. Here’s why it happens and how to keep them involved.
Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion of OSHA recordkeeping, starting with the 300 Log program, the basic form that requires reporting all workplace or workplace-related injuries and illnesses that cross OSHA’s threshold. The dimensions of that threshold was described in detail yesterday and need not be repeated, but generally, any harm to a worker that needs more than first aid must be reported.
The 300 Log program, however, is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to OSHA recordkeeping requirements.
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Courtesy of BLR’s OSHA Compliance Encyclopedia on CD, here are other safety-related matters with a recordkeeping requirement. Depending on the nature of your business, you’re likely to have to comply with one or more of them.
Quite a list, isn’t it? With potential fines of up to $10,000 for some violations, and if OSHA feels, say, that the misstep was willful, up to 6 months in jail.
Few safety managers willfully neglect to keep records. More often, the problem is the line managers or supervisors they depend on for reporting not fulfilling their responsibilities. OSHA Compliance Encyclopedia lists reasons for these lapses. They include:
The keys to overcoming these problems are training and management. “Keep managers actively involved,” say the OCE experts. “Be sure they check the records regularly.”
They also advise making use of your insurance carrier’s loss control service. “They can usually provide both initial and regular refresher training,” says OCE.
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