A report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO)
warns that fewer than half
of covered establishments submitted a required annual summary of injury and illness data in recent years.
Only 212,000 out of 459,00 covered establishments submitted their annual summary of injury and illness data for calendar year 2018 to OSHA (45%). If there is a silver lining here, it’s this: The rate is trending upward. In 2016, only 35% submitted injury and illness data. 42% submitted in 2017.
The deadline to submit injury and illness data for calendar year 2020 is March 2, 2021.
Who Must Submit OSHA Form 300A?
OSHA requires employers to electronically submit a summary of workplace injury and illness (Form 300A) annually. The electronic reporting of Form 300A data applies to two group of employers:
Find reporting instructions and an FAQ from OSHA here.
- Establishments with 250 or more employees that are required to keep OSHA injury and illness records
- Establishments with 20–249 employees in certain high-risk industries that must submit data from OSHA Form 300A
What Injuries and Illnesses Are Recordable?
Employers in non-exempt industries with ten or more full-time-equivalent employees (including temporary workers and contractors) must record each fatality, injury, or illness that:
Understanding and Calculating DART
Fainting at the Sight of Blood–Is It Recordable?
- Is work-related,
- Is a new case, and
- Results in death; days away from work, on restricted work, or transferred from usual work (DART); medical treatment beyond first aid, loss of consciousness; or a "significant injury or illness" as diagnosed by medical professional.
OSHA Injury Illness Reporting Forms
OSHA Form 300
is a log that employers must keep of workplace injury and illness.
OSHA Form 300A provides a generalized summary of work-related injuries and illnesses, based on the employer’s log. Form 301 is the Injury and Illness Incident Report
which must be filled out when a recordable work-related injury or illness has occurred.
For a brief time, OSHA required electronic submission of all three forms. That requirement was rescinded
in 2019 due (in part) to worker privacy concerns.