Ask the Experts: OSHA Posting Requirements

Question: Are we required to post the OSHA 300 Log? Isn’t it a privacy violation to put employee’s names with associated injuries up for all to view?

Answer: The OSHA Form 300 is a form required for employers to document reportable injuries and illnesses that occur in the workplace. The log provides tracking of where and when the illness or accident occurred, the nature of the case, the name and job title of the employee injured or made sick, and the number of days absent from work or on restricted or light duty. The summary of this form (known as the OSHA Form 300A) must be completed annually and posted in an area for employees to view from February 1st through April 30th. The summary form or OSHA Form 300A is a compilation of data from the OSHA Form 300 — it does not include individually identifying information. The OSHA Form 300A is the document that must be posted annually, thus concerns over employee privacy are unnecessary as the log is not the form that must be posted.