Small fleets exempt from OSHA requirement

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Small fleets are exempt from a federal requirement that employers report and post a summary by April 30 of total job-related injuries and illnesses in 2005.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is requiring companies with more than 10 employees to complete an OSHA Form 300A between Feb. 1 and April 30. The form tallies job-related injuries and illnesses, the average number of employees and total hours worked during the calendar year.

Small fleets are exempt, says OSHA spokesman Frank Meilinger. “They are only required to report if they have any fatalities or if the Bureau of Labor Statistics asks them to participate in their annual survey,” Meilinger says.

Companies with no recordable injuries or illnesses in 2005 must fill out the form with zeros on the total line, and all summaries must be certified by one of the company’s executives. A copy of the report should be displayed in a common area wherever notices to employees are normally posted; copies also must be available to employees who move from worksite to worksite, as well as employees who report to no fixed establishment on a regular basis.

A complete list of exempt industries in the retail, services, finance and real estate sectors can be found here. Copies of OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301 are available here.