Most notable among the changes is the addition of an occupational hearing loss column to OSHAÂ¿s Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. Other changes include:
These changes were made in response to public suggestions on making the forms easier to use.
Employers must begin to use the new OSHA Form 300 on January 1, 2004. The new form has the date of revision (rev. 1/2004) located on the form next to the form number.
Injuries and illnesses for years prior to 2004 should continue to be recorded on the appropriate form for that year (i.e., 2003 and 2002 injuries and illnesses should be recorded on the forms for those years). The forms for 2003 and 2002 will continue to be available on OSHAÂ¿s Web site. Additionally, employers should use the old OSHA 300A Summary Form (without the hearing loss column) to post as required in February 2004. The new 300A form that includes the hearing loss column should be used to post in February 2005.
Hard copies of the new OSHA 300 form will be available beginning in November 2003, and can be obtained using OSHAÂ¿s online order form or by calling 1-800-321-OSHA.