As of January 1, 2002, the Log and Summary of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA 200) form was replaced with the new OSHA 300 form (Excel®).
A list of employers (PDF) who are exempt from filing this new record keeping form is available for viewing. These employers are exempt unless OSHA or the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) informs them in writing that they must keep records. Complete regulations regarding the new record keeping guidelines can be found on OSHA's Web site.
The Federal OSHA Compliance Area Office investigates all employee complaints. If you have a complaint, you should contact the Area Office at (225) 298-5458.
No. Workplace Safety will identify any safety and health hazards found and make recommendations for correction.
Yes. The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) is available for possible exemption and the Cost Containment Program is available for possible workers' compensation premium reduction.
No. The results of all safety and health consultative visits are confidential and are only discussed between the employer and the Workplace Safety staff.
No. An initial safety and/or health visit will NOT exempt the workplace from a Federal OSHA Compliance inspection. However, participation and completion of the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) will exempt the workplace from regular programmed inspections for one calendar year.
The time frame for the visit is agreed upon by you and our consultant staff. The consultant will discuss with you an appropriate and convenient time. You will receive written notification of the scheduled date and time.
The consultant will discuss with you an appropriate time frame for correcting any hazards that are found. In general, all hazards are to be corrected within 30 days.
A written extension request is usually honored if a good faith effort has been demonstrated in correcting the majority of hazards identified.
It is recommended that a consultation visit be conducted every two years, due to the continuous updating and changing of OSHA standards. Also, if your company begins a new process/operation or adds new construction to your existing work site, a consultation visit should be requested.
The Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Managers Association (GBRIMA) issues a card to individuals who complete a general safety and health course. This course, Basic Orientation Plus (BOP), is conducted by the Alliance Safety Council. Many employers of Louisiana require this card as a prerequisite for employment. You can reach the Alliance Safety Council at (225) 766-0955. OSHA Consultation does not issue any cards or certificates for employment purposes.
Any employer with 15 or more employees (full or part-time) that is covered under the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Act is required to have a safety plan.
No. This regulation only applies to employees who are covered under the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Act.
As long as all ten components, including their elements, are stated in your existing safety plan, you do not have to rewrite it.
No. Each component must be a written procedure.
As long as the hospital or clinic is within five minutes of your facility and you have a written agreement with them regarding the treatment of first aid cases, you do not need to have people trained in first aid.
Yes. A fire station or paramedic squad does not substitute for a trained first aid attendant or a hospital or clinic.
If all of your employees are required to follow the main contractor's or plant's emergency procedures at all times, then all you have to do is state that in your plan. However, if some of your employees remain at your main office, for example, then you are required to have a written emergency preparedness procedure.
Any employer with 11 or more employees covered under the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Act is required to file Form LWC WC-1017A. A list of employers (PDF) shown by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code is available for viewing.
An incident is recordable if it is a medical case, restricted case, lost time case or fatality. Each case is distinguished by the treatment provided. For the most part, the same cases that are recorded on the OSHA 300 Log are recorded in the same way on the Form LWC WC-1017A.
If a case changes severity in a preceding quarter, use the "comment section" on the Form LWC WC-1017A to record the change. Record the number of restricted or lost time days in the current quarter and then go back and record the change in severity in the quarter in which it originally occurred.
The simplest guideline to follow is that whoever reports the employees on the OSHA 300 Log should report the employees on their Form LWC WC-1017A.
A medical case is a recordable injury/illness (other than first aid) that requires treatment by a physician or by registered professional personnel under the standing orders of a physician.
Restricted work activity occurs when the employee, because of the job-related injury or illness, is physically or mentally unable to perform all or any part of his or her normal assignment during all or any part of the normal workday or shift. The emphasis is on the employee's inability to perform normal job duties over a normal work shift.
A lost time case is one which involves one or more days of time lost (consecutive or not) from work activity, excluding the day of the injury or onset of illness.
You do not carry over lost or restricted days from a previous year. On January 1st of each year, you start the new year with zero cases and zero lost/restricted days.
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