Report all work-related injuries and illnesses or near miss incidents to your supervisor as soon as possible.
Anyone may now enter an accident report, not just the supervisor.
The report should be submitted to Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) within 24 hours. In case of serious or fatal accident or hospitalization,
notify EH&S immediately at 206.543.7262; after hours contact the UW Police Department (UWPD) Dispatch by dialing 206.685.UWPD (8973) in order for the
EH&S Staff On Call to be notified. EH&S must report to Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries Division of Occupational Safety & Health
immediately after an incident that causes a fatal or possibly fatal injury or that causes injury requiring in-patient hospitalization of any employee.
Do not move any equipment involved in these types of serious accidents until EH&S has clearance from State investigators.
Both the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and Federal Government Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) require
employers to record work related injuries and illnesses. Both of these regulations and the HIPAA rules expressly permit disclosure of this protected
information (45 CFR 164.512). UW employees having access to this report must treat it as private and should not disclose it to others unless authorized by
statute. An employee may not be discriminated against for reporting a work-related fatality, injury or illness.
To use OARS (Version 1 or 2), you should have a current security certificate
loaded onto your computer for the University. If, when attempting to access OARS,
you get an error message indicating that the security certificate is invalid or
unknown, then go to
http://www.washington.edu/itconnect/security/ca/ for instructions on how to update your
computer's security certificate.
Enter the Online Accident Reporting System (OARS)
PowerPoint Presentation OARS ver 2:
Practice site for OARS ver 2:
View and Print the new OARS poster:
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries requires employers to record work related injuries and
illnesses. The University of Washington also finds that data and information contained in the records of incidents,
injuries, and illnesses are essential to maintain an efficient and successful safety program. They supply the facts
necessary to develop programs and procedures that can control both the conditions and acts that contribute to
Supervisors should make a detailed report about each incident, even if only a minor injury or no injury
is the result. Minor injuries occur in greater numbers than serious injuries and records of these injuries can help
to pinpoint problem areas. Supervisors are required to determine a probable cause and take corrective action to prevent
OSHA 300A "Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses" forms for previous years are available below
for all employees to review. OSHA 300A Forms for 2012 will be posted in work areas at the Safety Bulletin Boards from February 1 to April 30. Each form
provides a summary based on recordable workers' compensation claims and other recordable accident/incidents that may not have resulted in a workers' compensation claim. Supervisors should complete an
OSHA 300 questionnaire for each accident.
OSHA Forms 300A for 2012
OSHA Forms 300A for Previous Years
If you experience a needlestick, cut, puncture, mucous membrane, or open wound exposure to human blood or other
potentially infectious materials such as: body fluids, HIV/HBV/HBC containing cultures, HIV/HBV/HBC infected animals,
human cell and/or tissue lines, you should follow your department's BBP procedures, notify the appropriate designated
staff, and immediately seek medical attention. University employees can obtain medical treatment and report exposures
in confidence to the University Employee Health Centers. Medical treatment can also be obtained at UWMC or HMC
Emergency Departments, or your personal healthcare provider.
Employees who are injured at work or who believe that their illness is related to their job must: 1) File a Labor & Industries claim through their
treating physician. 2) Ensure that an OARS report is completed within 24 hours of an event or claim. Supervisors should encourage completion of both
forms as needed. Additional information is available at:
To learn about the UW Workers' Compensation claims history, please click here.
UW Policy and Procedure on Workplace Violence
University Medical Centers Employees Report to Public Safety Office
For motor vehicle accidents, please see Fleet Services
If an Employee is injured, report using Online Accident Reporting System (OARS)
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