FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2007-04
January 31, 2007

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Dean Fryer
Renée Bacchini
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DIR reminds employers to post injury/illness logs

San Francisco-California employers are reminded that they must post, at their place of business, a summary of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2006. The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) requires the summary be displayed from Feb.1 to Apr. 30 for employee review.

"This posting requirement is a vital part of every employer's obligation to keep workers informed about conditions that affect their occupational health and safety," said John Rea acting director for DIR. "It creates awareness among employees so they can understand how to avoid similar injuries in the future."

Employers with 11 or more employees, except those covered in the California low-hazard establishments that include retail, services, finance and real estate sectors, must display the totals from the Log and Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (CAL/OSHA form 300A) wherever employee notices are usually posted. The CAL/OSHA form 300A alerts workers to possible hazards, classifies work related injuries and illnesses and details the extent and severity of each case. The logs raise awareness for employers and employees to prevent further illnesses and injuries in the workplace.

The form also includes the annual average number of employees and hours worked to help calculate injury and illness rates. If there is more than one business establishment, a separate log and summary must be posted in each physical location that is expected to be in operation for one year or longer.
Employers must provide the summary in writing to employees who do not report to a fixed location on a regular basis, such as construction workers and traveling salespeople.

Employers who need more information about posting requirements and how to reduce workplace injuries should visit the DIR Web site at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/DOSH/EmployerInformation.htm

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