The 2018 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300A summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses are now posted on the Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) website, along with summaries for previous years. The summaries are required to be posted from February 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019 in a location where employees can easily see them such as on a department’s safety bulletin board or in a break room. If you are a building coordinator, departmental administrator, or have a similar role with access to a bulletin board, please assist EH&S in posting the appropriate OSHA 300A for your location.

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 for the University of Washington increased from 2017 to 2018. This does not apply to all individual UW departments and is expected due to differences in the nature of job duties, total hours worked, and injury or illness reporting adherence. The overall number of recordable injuries decreased for the university but the number of hours worked also decreased, which directly effects the incident rate. The source of data for hours worked changed for 2018; EH&S now retrieves this information from Workday. This data source, while more accurate, reported less hours worked across all locations compared to the data source for previous years.

UW employees must report all work-related injuries and illnesses on the UW Online Accident Reporting System (OARS) with 24 hours. Harborview Medical Center and UW Medical Center employees must report work-related injuries and illnesses online using Patent Safety Net. Injury and illness 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 recurring. Questions about the OSHA 300A summaries or about injuries and illnesses in general may be directed to EH&S at injury@uw.edu or 206.543.7388.

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