This week we hosted an OSHA recordkeeping webinar with Edwin G Foulke, Jr, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and current co-chair of with Fisher & Phillips Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group. Edwin examined the many recordkeeping pitfalls that employers face and presented a five-step process to injury and illness recordkeeping.
Interesting take-aways from Edwin's presentation:
- Recording a work-related injury or illness does not mean the employer or employee was at fault or that an OSHA rule was violated
- If an employee is injured as part of a voluntary wellness program, it is not considered a work-related injury
- Needlesticks and sharps injuries from contaminated needles are considered privacy cases. In privacy cases, you should enter "privacy case" in the name column of the OSHA Form 300 -- not the employee's name.
- OSHA requires employers to set up a way for employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses
During the webinar, Edwin discussed
- Coordinating injury and illness recordkeeping with other recordkeeping requirements
- Using recordkeeping to improve your current safety and health management program
- Auditing your recordkeeping process
OSHA recordkeeping is a topic is of great interest to the health and safety community, as evidenced by our record-breaking number of attendees.If you're interested in learning more, view the OSHA 300 - OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements, our August featured course of the month.