Steve Quilliam, editor at Safety.BLR.com, a website that makes safety training and compliance easier, explained some other changes in the new law, which went into effect for injuries occurring in 2003: "One of the most confusing concepts of recordkeeping has been restricted work. The new rule," he explained, "clarifies the definition of restricted work or light duty and makes it easier to record those cases." Restricted work activity occurs as the result of a work-related injury or illness that keeps an employee from doing the routine functions of the job or from working the full workday.
Quilliam points out another key difference: "OSHA is trying to better define work-related injuries, to ensure that cases clearly unrelated to work are excluded." OSHA says that an injury or illness is considered work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment caused or contributed to the condition, or significantly aggravated a preexisting condition.
The 300A summary must list the total numbers of job-related deaths, injuries, and illnesses that occurred in 2004 and were logged on the OSHA 300 form. Employment information about annual average number of employees and total hours worked is also required.
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