Employer Records of Occupational Injury and Illness

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Welcome to Cal/OSHA Consultation Service's interactive educational module for California's Employer Records of Occupational Injury and Illnesses.

The information in this module is based on the California Recordkeeping Standard initiated on September 14, 2001 by the Division of Labor Statistics and Research (DLSR). The provisions of this standard are in the California Code of Regulations, Title 8 Sections 14300-14300.48. This standard is written in plain language and uses a Question and Answer format. It has several advantages over the old Standard including:

  • increased employee involvement and privacy protection

  • simpler forms

  • more uniform general criteria for recording injuries and illness

  • clearer regulatory requirements

  • greater flexibility to use alternative technologies (e.g. computers) in meeting requirements

The requirements of the California recordkeeping standard apply to most of the employers that have over ten (10) employees. Some industries in the retail, service, finance, insurance and real estate sectors are potentially exempt from most recording requirements as are small businesses with ten or fewer employees. While some employers are partially exempt from recording requirements, all employers in California are still required to immediately report serious occupational injuries, illnesses or the death of an employee.

Employer Records of Occupational Injury and Illness

This module is provided as an on-line educational resource with the purpose of assisting California employers and employees on recordkeeping of occupational injuries and illnesses. It can help familiarize you with the provisions of the recordkeeping standard, Cal/OSHA Log 300 Form and other relevant forms, and address your questions about classifying and recording occupational injuries and illnesses.


The information presented in this educational module is divided into categories. Each category contains sections, which are numbered exactly the same as the sections in the new California Recordkeeping Standard. You can easily navigate the categories by using the navigation links under Cal/OSHA Recordkeeping on the top right.

The navigation links relate to the categories of information which are based on the California Recordkeeping Standard. Below is a brief description of the categories and links in this module:

Cal/OSHA Recordkeeping

Recordkeeping Home Regulation background, Did You Know, and navigation instructions
Selected Topics Selected Topics in the California OSHA Recordkeeping Web Site
Subject Index The subject index provides a new way to search for specific topics of interest.
Highlights The main points of the recordkeeping requirements.
Details More in-depth information corresponding to the information in the Highlights category.
Cal/OSHA Standard Complete text of the new California Recordkeeping Standard.
F.A.Qs Frequently Asked Questions.
Definitions A list of terms used in California Recordkeeping Standard with hyperlinks to their definitions.
Test Your Knowledge List of questions for you to answer, to re-enforce some material covered in the module.
Other Resources Links to the Federal OSHA and other websites which contain additional information on recordkeeping.
Forms & Instructions The new Cal/OSHA recordkeeping Forms 300, 300-A and 301 which can be downloaded and printed.


In addition to the links on the top right for the categories above, links to Cal/OSHA Home Page, Cal/OSHA's powerpoint presentation on recordkeeping, and Cal/OSHA Consultation program are provided above on the right under Links.

Navigation Quick Links

You can move easily and quickly between information using navigation quick-links within the pages of some categories. When available, quick links like the ones below will appear at the top and bottom of the page.

Highlights || Details - 14300.7 || California Standards-14300.7 || F.A.Qs - 14300.7
Previous Section || Next Section

Note: If a quick-link is grayed-out it means there is no link for that particular section of information in the module.

February 2015