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This topic covers OSHA’s requirements for injury and illness recordkeeping (i.e., OSHA form 300 and state equivalents), reporting fatalities and multiple injuries that require hospitalization, and employee exposure and medical records.

Employers with more than 10 employees must keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses; however, certain low-hazard industries are exempt. All employers, regardless of size or classification, are required to report work-related fatalities and multiple hospitalizations (involving 3 or more employees) to OSHA within 8 hours of the incident.

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

  • Accidents for information on accident causes, investigation, and prevention
  • Recordkeeping—General for information on other OSHA recordkeeping requirements
  • Safety Plans for information on injury and illness prevention programs, including I2P2

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Interpretations Determine Whether the Employer is Required to Record a Work-related Injury Sustained by an Employee which was Treated by a Reduction Procedure Performed on Her Dislocated Ring Finger [1904.7(b)] 08/26/2013National
Interpretations Employer obligation to provide access to entire OSHA 300 Logs, including names of both union and non-union employees. [1904; 1904.29; 1904.29(b)(6); 1904.29(b)(9); 1904.35(b)(2); 1904.35(b)(2)(iv)] 09/09/2005National
Questions & Answers Is it possible to keep separate OSHA logs for employees working in the field and consider them separate establishments? 03/10/2014National
Interpretations Recordability of a fatal traffic accident in a foreign project location.[1904.5(b)(6)] 08/26/2004National
Directives 05/04/1992 - STP 2.12B - State Program Requirements for Statistical Information on the Incidence of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses by Industry; on the Injured or Ill Worker; and on the Circumstances of the Injuries or Il 07/22/2003National
Directives 06/07/1994 - STP 2-1.173 - Final Rule on Reporting of Fatality or Multiple 07/22/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STP 2-1.13 - Public Employee Recordkeeping Under 18(b) Plans 07/09/2003National
Directives 11/29/2002 - Audit and Verification Program of 2001 Occupational Injury and Illness Records 07/22/2003National
Directives 12/30/2004 - CPL 02-00-135 - Recordkeeping Policies and Procedures Manual (PDF) 12/30/2004National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.12 Recording criteria for cases involving work-related musculoskeletal disorders. [This section was removed. See 68 FR 38601, 38607, June 30, 2003.  National
Regulations 29 CFR §§ 1904.13 -- 1904.28 [Reserved]  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.0 Purpose  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.1 Partial exemption for employers with 10 or fewer employees  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.10 Recording criteria for cases involving occupational hearing loss  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.11 Recording criteria for work-related tuberculosis cases  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.2 Partial exemption for establishments in certain industries  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.29 Form  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.3 Keeping records for more than one agency  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.30 Multiple business establishments  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.31 Covered employees  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.32 Annual summary  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.33 Retention and updating  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.34 Change in business ownership  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.35 Employee involvement  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.36 Prohibition against discrimination  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.37 State recordkeeping regulations  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.38 Variances from the recordkeeping rule  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.39 Reporting fatalities and multiple hospitalization incidents to OSHA  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.4 Recording criteria  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.40 Providing records to government representatives  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.41 Annual OSHA injury and illness survey of ten or more employers  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.42 Requests from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for data  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.43 Summary and posting of the 2001 data  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.44 Retention and updating of old forms  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.45 OMB control numbers under the Paperwork Reduction Act  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.46 Definition  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.5 Determination of work-relatedness  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.6 Determination of new cases  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.7 General recording criteria  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1904.8 Recording criteria for needlestick and sharps injuries  National
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