Alaska has adopted the federal workplace recordkeeping requirements for illness and injury reports and employee medical records by reference (8 AAC 61.010). The state's requirement for notification of fatal injuries or hospitalizations is stricter than federal requirements.
The employer must keep illness and injury records (OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301) for five years (29 CFR 1904.29). Employers in certain low-hazard industry groups are exempt from the federal illness and injury recordkeeping requirements, including most retail establishments, finance, insurance, real estate, and service firms (29 CFR 1904.2). Contact the nearest OSHA regional office to determine if your firm is exempt.
Periodic medical tests must be performed to monitor the health effects of potentially toxic or carcinogenic workplace substances. Records must contain extensive medical surveillance information, exposure reduction efforts, and monitoring data. Employers must provide exposure records, such as those that show the measuring or monitoring of the employee's exposure to a toxic substance or harmful physical agent, to affected employees or designated employee representatives upon written request. Medical records for each employee must be maintained for 30 years after the affected employee terminates employment (29 CFR 1910.1020).
All illness and injury and medical records must be made available to employees and regulatory authorities upon request.
Alaska requires employers to notify DLWD when one employee is fatally injured or requires hospitalization, rather than three fatalities or hospitalizations as required by federal rules (29 CFR 1904.39).