OSHA’s Form 301: Injury and Illness Incident Report

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In an earlier post, we explained how you can determine if an injury or illness is “work-related” and “recordable.”

In this post, we’ll explain one of the first steps to take if you do have a work-related, recordable injury or illness at the workplace: complete OSHA’s Form 301, Injury and Illness Report.

When Should You Complete OSHA Form 301?

You must complete the Injury and Illness Incident Report within seven calendar days after you receive information that a recordable work-related injury or illness has occurred at your work place.

Remember, our earlier blog post will help you determine if an injury or illness is work-related and recordable. You’ll also want to decide if this is a new case or a recurring case. Read 1904.6, Determination of New Cases, for more information on this.

Don’t forget that in addition to these requirements, OSHA expects employers to very quickly report to OSHA when a work-related fatality or severe injury has occurred. Any fatality must be reported to OSHA within 8 hours, and any in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours. To report these, you can:


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What Is an OSHA Recordable Work-Related Injury or Illness?

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If a worker is injured or becomes ill at work, the employer will often have to record the incident as a “work-related injury or illness” on OSHA’s Form 301, Injury and Illness Report, and OSHA’s Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.

In this article, we’ll explain to you exactly what a recordable injury or illness is and which establishments have to do the recording.

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Respiratory Protection Word Game (1910.134)


Hey, it’s time for another of our word games. This time, we’re focusing on respiratory protection, specifically the definitions listed in OSHA’s 1910.134 (Respiratory Protection).

It’s a fun way to test your knowledge, or test the knowledge of workers.

As with all of our safety word games, we’ve got this set up so you can use it in two different ways.

The first is to play the game right here from our blog.

The second is to download a free copy and play it inside your SCORM-compliant LMS.

Good luck with this one and have fun.



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The Federal OSHA Poster: Job Safety and Health-It’s the Law!

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In the 1970s, my sister had a poster of Sean Cassidy on her bedroom wall, and I had a poster of Farrah Fawcett on mine. These two posters were essentially required for girls and boys in the United States at that time.

In the same way, most businesses are required to display an equally exciting poster on the walls of their workplace. That’s right, I’m talking about the federal OSHA poster, also known as “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law.”

The federal OSHA poster informs workers of their rights under their Occupational Safety and Health Act, and, according to 1903.2, covered employers must post it at the workplace.

So how can you get a copy of the poster? We’ve got the information you need below. (more…)

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Scaffolds Word Game (1926.451)


OK, it’s time for another of our word games. This time, the topic is scaffolds, specifically the definitions listed in OSHA’s 1926.450 (Scaffolds).

This is a fun, simple way to test your own knowledge of some scaffolding terms, or to test the knowledge of coworkers and employees.

We’ve got this game set up so that you can use it in one of two ways.

The first is to play it right here from our blog article.

The second is to download a free copy of it, import it into a SCORM-compliant LMS, and download it from there.

All the fun and freebies await you on the other side of the MORE button.


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MSHA Part 46 Glossary of Terms


Are you involved in MSHA Part 46 training at work?

If so, how well do you know the terms defined in Part 46?

Here’s a quick chance to review your knowledge. It might even be a little fun. Hope you enjoy this.

And if you REALLY enjoy this, we’ve even provided a way for you to download your own free copy and import it into your SCORM-compliant learning management system (LMS). If you’re interested in that second option, read more about how that works below the glossary.

If you’re looking for help with MSHA training, check out the following online MSHA training options and tools we’ve got for you:



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Confined Space in Construction Glossary


Did you read our post about OSHA’s upcoming Confined Spaces in Construction regulation? If, not you may want to check it out. If you did read it, advance straight to “go” and collect $200!

Since OSHA’s creating a new standard, we dug around a little and found the terms that they will define in the standard. The terms were listed in OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction (Proposed Rule) document, which is a very handy summary of the proposed new regulation–if also a long (95 pages) and dry read.

You can use the glossary right here on our blog or you can click the download button to download a SCORM version of the glossary and then import it into your learning management system.


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Hazard Communication Word Game (1910.1200-GHS Aligned)


Here’s a free and fun word game that includes words defined in OSHA’s Hazard Communication (1910.1200) Standard. It’s even nicely GHS-aligned for you, just as you’d expect.

We’ve got this wired up below so that you can enjoy it in two different ways.

First, you can play it right here from this blog post as much as you want.

And second, you can download a free copy, import it into your own SCORM-compliant LMS, and play it from there.

So, try your hand at the game and have fun.


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New Confined Spaces in Construction Standard from OSHA: 1926 Subpart AA, 1926.1200

[Note: This is an old article written in 2013. It has some useful information about confined spaces, but if you’re looking for current information about the brand-new (2015) confined spaces in construction rule, click here].

OSHA’s most recent Unified Agenda announced that they’ll be creating a new Confined Spaces in Construction Standard. So, we’ve pulled together a bunch of information on confined spaces in construction to help you prepare.

According to OSHA, nearly 6.5 people die, and 967 people are injured, in confined spaces at construction sites every year. So the hazards and risks are real.

OSHA believes that the new standard can prevent six of those deaths and 880 of those injuries every year.


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Fall Prevention and Protection Word Game (1926.501)


Every year, fall protection is on OSHA’s list of the Top Ten Most Cited Violations.

And falls are also always a significant contributor to workplace injuries and fatalities as well.

Playing a fall prevention and protection word game won’t solve all those problems. We need better training, more onsite observations, more detail to incident report, and more.

But that said, this word game can help remind you of some important issues related to fall prevention and protection. And it’s fun, too, so you might want to use this in your next safety meeting.


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