IR # 97-07
Tuesday, January 28, 1997

Rick Rice
Louis Bonsignore
(415) 972-8835

DLSR Reminds Employers on Posting Requirements

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Department of Industrial Relations reminds employers that they must post a summary of job-related injuries and illnesses during 1996. It must be displayed from February 1 until March 1.

"This posting requirement is an important part of every employer's obligation to keep workers informed about conditions that affect their occupational health and safety," said Dorothy Vuksich, chief of the department's Division of Labor Statistics and Research.

Every employer who had a total of more than 10 employees at any time in 1996, except those covered in the California low-hazard exemption, must display the totals from the "Log and Summary of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses" (OSHA Form 200) wherever notices to employees are customarily posted, Vuksich said. The portion of the Form 200 to the right of the dotted vertical line is used to summarize injuries and illnesses.

The summary must be posted at each establishment whether or not there were any recordable cases of injury or illness at that location. For firms with no cases recorded on the log, zeros should be entered across the line intended for calendar year totals.

Employees, such as construction workers and traveling salespeople, who do not report to a fixed location on a regular basis must be provided a copy of the summary. This can be accomplished by mailing the copy with a February paycheck.

Employers who need help with recordkeeping problems should write the Division of Labor Statistics and Research, P.O. Box 420603, San Francisco, CA 94142-0603, or call (415) 972-8641. OSHA logs and recordkeeping booklets providing instructions can also be obtained by writing the division.