Obtaining OSHA Occupational Injury/Illness Data

The Federal Occupational Safety and of Health Act of 1970 (OSHAct) requires most employers* who employ more than ten employees to prepare and maintain records of occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. In addition, from February 1 through April 30, covered employers must post the OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in all workplaces/reporting locations. This form lists the total number of occupational injuries and illnesses that occurred during the previous year and must be posted in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.

Although not required to be posted, CWA local union leaders and occupational safety and health activists and/or CWA Staff may also request the more detailed OSHA 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses and OSHA 301 Injury and Illness Incident Report Log from represented employers. The OSHAct mandates employers provide this information upon (written) request. Assistance in interpreting this information is available by contacting the Union’s Occupational Safety and Health Department at 202-434-1160 or via e-mail at

*Included in OSHA’s recordkeeping regulation, certain low-hazard employers such as retail trade, finance, insurance, real estate and specific portions of the service industry are exempt from these reporting requirements.