EH&S Safety News

2012 UW Accident Summaries Online Now
by Michael Blalock and Katia Harb

UW accident and injury summaries for 2012 are now posted on the EH&S Web site, along with summaries for previous years.   The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300A Summary Forms show annual accident statistics for the organization including the total number of recordable accidents and incidents, the total number of days away from work and the total number of hours worked by employees.

OSHA considers recordable accidents or incidents to be the ones more serious in nature, resulting in any of the following:  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, even if it is not in any of these categories.

The 2012 OSHA 300A Summary forms must be posted from February 1, 2013 through April 30, 2013 in a location such as on a department’s safety bulletin board or in a break room where employees can easily see them. The number of OSHA recordable accidents/incidents per 100 employees for all of UW from 2005-2012 is decreasing;  a positive sign, although the trend does not apply to all individual UW departments.

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) encourages all workplace accidents, incidents, and near misses to 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.  Questions about the OSHA 300A or about accidents and incidents in general may be directed to the EH&S OARS Administrator at or 206.543.7388.

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