OSHA Accident Reporting – Distinctions In Forms 300, 300A and 301

Updated on March 24th, 2022

OSHA Accident Reporting Overview – Importance of Proper Completion of Accident Reports For OSHA

OSHA accident reporting involves detailed documentation of accidental work-related illnesses and injury. Applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) accident incidents include any employee-related worksite event that falls within the general OSHA (1904.7) reporting requirements. However, competent and comprehensive accident reporting for OSHA also meets criteria pertaining to incidents involving:

  • Injury due to OSHA “needlestick and sharps”
  • Loss of hearing
  • Medical removal
  • Tuberculosis
  • AND musculoskeletal disorder.

OSHA forms 300, 300A and 301 make up the core report base. This Assignar workforce and asset allocation and planning information sheet will help you understand the distinctions in forms OSHA 300, OSHA 300A and OSHA 301. Review associated Assignar OSHA contractor benefits here.

OSHA Form 301 – Components of An Injury and Illness Incident Report

As a primary OSHA resource, Form 301 must be turned in within seven calendar days after the occurrence of an identified accident. Beginning in the year after an accident takes place, Form 301 must remain on file in your company for a minimum of five years. It’s a base form, requiring fundamental details including associated:

  • Names and addresses
  • Nature and severity of the incident
  • Associated treatments
  • Associated workplace activities, both before and after the incident
  • AND The precise physical cause(s) of the injury or illness.

OSHA Form 300 – Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA defines Form 300 as a compact structured and all-inclusive calendar-year log of worksite related illness and injury that effectively complies with OSHA accident-recording regulations. Furthermore, Form 300 provides employers with visual narrative tools that are:

  • Crucial in the quest to define patterns related to workplace accidents
  • AND Fundamental to ongoing adjustment of existing or implementation of new workplace safety programs.

The accumulated data necessary for properly filling out OSHA accident reporting on Form 300 includes:

  • An assigned case number
  • The name of the associated employee
  • The job title that links to the current incident
  • Date or injury or date of onset of work-related illness
  • Specifics on where the incident occurred
  • Description of the illness or injury, including the precise cause of the incident as well as specifics concerning affected regions of the victim’s body
  • AND Identifying the severity of the illness or injury defining the associated consequences, including notation of incidents that resulted in the death of the employee.

Form 300 also requires input concerning workdays missed due to the illness or injury, days employee worked under specific work restrictions or job transfer, other notable incidents. You must also select one of six pre-designated options as to the nature of the injury or illness.

OSHA Form 300A – Year-End Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

Without regard to the number of or the lack-thereof of work-related illness and injury reports, Form 300A comes due at the end of each calendar year. It’s all about documenting the totals. Form 300A components include your company information and your employment details. Specifics involve:

  • Your average number of employees throughout the year
  • Your accumulated pay periods
  • AND the yearly total for hours worked by your employees.

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