Some information on the OSHA 300A should be kept confidential by omitting the employees name or the nature of the injuries. If a female employee is sexually assulated in the workplace, for example, her name and the exact nature of the injury should not be listed. Any illness or injury that could potentially be embarrassing to the employee, should not be specified. For example, if a male employee suffered a serious injury to the groin area might only be listed as “laceration.”
Required safety posters, on display at every workplace, are one of the tools that have made this achievement possible.
According to the BLS, the rate of workplace injuries and illnesses declined for the fifth consecutive year.
When accidents do occur, employers can report them, and plan corrective actions, using the Accident/Injury Report.
The U.S. Department of Labor reports that approximately 4 million work-related injuries and illnesses occurred in 2007. This translates to a rate of 4.2 nonfatal injuries for each 100 full-time employees. That rate is a 4.5% reduction from the 4.4 injuries per 100 in 2006.
Even more shocking, 93% of those killed at work were male according to the Kansas Department of Labor. Of the total 85 fatalities, 79 were male. Only 7% of the workplace fatalities, or 6 individuals killed, were female.