The 2015 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300A summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses are now posted on the Accident and Injury Reporting page of the EH&S website, along with summaries for previous years.

The summaries are required to be posted from February 1, 2016 through April 30, 2016 in a location where employees can easily see them, such as on a department’s safety bulletin board or in a break room.

OSHA 300A summaries show the number and type of work-related recordable injuries and illnesses. Recordable injuries and illnesses are considered serious in nature and result when any of the following occur: death, days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid, loss of consciousness, or a significant injury or illness diagnosed by a licensed health care professional.

The rate of recordable injuries and illnesses has decreased from 2014 to 2015 but is still higher than the rates seen in years 2012 and 2013. Overall, the injury and illness rate has decreased since 2005. This trend does not apply to all individual UW departments and is expected due to differences in the nature of job duties and reporting of injuries, among other factors.

All work-related injuries and illnesses must be reported on the UW Online Accident Reporting System (OARS) as soon as possible. OARS reports are reviewed by supervisors, EH&S, and UW Health and Safety Committees to determine appropriate follow-up and ways to help prevent similar events from happening again.

For questions about the OSHA 300A summaries or about work-related injuries and illnesses in general, contact the EH&S OARS Administrator at or 206.543.;7388.