January 20th, 2023

Welcome to this month's edition of SafetyTalk!

Our focus for 2023 is to minimize injuries, improve workplace safety, and continuously educate our clients on the services we can provide.

In today's edition:

📑 OSHA 300 Logs

👷🏻‍♂️ Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2022

📋 Workplace Injuries

OSHA 300 Logs

Remember to post your OSHA 300A summary in a visible location by February 1st and keep it up until April 30th. Physical copies must be posted, and an electronic signature is accepted, but electronic posting is not. Consider providing remote workers with the summary via email, but note that some states, such as California, may have specific requirements. Make sure to stay compliant and keep your workplace safe.

More information is coming soon!

Top 10 OSHA Violations in 2022

Navigating Work-Relatedness:

Understanding OSHA's Guidelines for Injury and Illness in the Workplace

OSHA defines the work-relatedness of an injury or illness as an event or exposure in the work environment that either caused or contributed to the condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing injury or disease. The work environment is defined as the establishment and other locations where employees work or present as a condition of their employment. It includes equipment or materials used by the employee during their work.

However, there are exceptions where an injury or illness occurring in the work environment would not be considered work-related, such as if the employee was present in the work environment as a member of the general public or if the injury or illness was caused by voluntary participation in a wellness program or personal activities such as eating or personal grooming.

Employers must evaluate the employee's work duties and environment to decide whether an event or exposure in the work environment caused or contributed to an injury or illness. If it is not apparent, an opinion from a licensed healthcare professional may be required in some instances.

What To Do When a Worksite Injury Occurs

In case of a worksite injury, it's essential to take immediate action to ensure the safety and well-being of the injured employee, as well as to comply with legal and regulatory requirements.

Here is a step-by-step process on what to do in case of a worksite injury:

  1. Prioritize safety: Ensure the work environment is safe for the injured employee and all other employees and contractors before providing first aid.
  2. Assess injuries: Determine the extent of the injuries and provide appropriate first aid and comfort.
  3. Seek medical attention: Take the injured employee to the nearest occupational clinic, or call an ambulance if moving or transporting the employee would cause further damage.
  4. Document the incident: Complete the "Refusal of Medical Treatment" form if the employee refuses medical treatment.
  5. Contact an HRSP Risk Solutions Team member if medical attention is needed.
  6. Accompany the employee: Accompany the employee to the clinic/hospital to ensure a drug/alcohol test is administered. A list of approved providers is available on YourHRSP.
  7. Investigate the incident: Initiate a post-accident investigation to determine the cause and identify any potential hazards that need to be addressed.
  8. Keep records: Keep detailed descriptions of the incident, including witness statements, photographs, and other relevant documentation.

It's essential to follow these guidelines to ensure the injured employee's safety and well-being and comply with legal and regulatory requirements.

As always, we are committed to providing our clients with the best possible service and support regarding risk and safety.

Thank you for reading this edition of SafetyTalk. We hope you found the information helpful to you and your employees. If there is anything else we can do to support your success, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to providing you with more updates and information in the next edition of SafetyTalk.

Stay safe!