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OSHA, January 2017, USA and Your Company 300 reports are you in compliance!

The new rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms.

Analysis of this data will enable OSHA to use its enforcement and compliance assistance resources more efficiently. Some of the data will also be posted to the OSHA website. OSHA believes that public disclosure will encourage employers to improve workplace safety and provide valuable information to workers, job seekers, customers, researchers and the general public. The amount of data submitted will vary depending on the size of company and type of industry.

OSHA will provide a secure website that offers three options for data submission. First, users will be able to manually enter data into a webform. Second, users will be able to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time. Last, users of automated record keeping systems will have the ability to transmit data electronically via an API (application programming interface). The site is scheduled to go live in February 2017.

How are your OSHA reports being sent NOW! In 2017, all covered establishments must submit information from their completed 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. In 2018, covered establishments with 250 or more employees must submit information from all completed 2017 forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018, and covered establishments with 20-249 employees must submit information from their completed 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, covered establishments must submit the information by March 2.

Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. These same employers will be required to submit information from all 2017 forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.

Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017, and their 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.

Instructions for Forms 300, 300A, 301 (Instructions ONLY) – PDF Fillable Format

Forms 300, 300A, 301 (Forms ONLY) – PDF Fillable Format

Forms 300, 300A, 301 and Instructions

Forms 300, 300A, 301 (Forms ONLY)

Forms 300, 300A, 301 Excel format (Forms ONLY)

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Does fall arrest equipment have an EXPIRY DATE?

Yes and NO is the simple note:

1 It must be check and inspected yearly by an agency plus INSPECTED DAILY FULLY BY THE PERSON WEARING IT!

2 It must not have any defects if so its is out service

Although a well cared for or seldom used safety harness can last longer than five years, it is still recommended that you remove it from service at the five year mark. Not only may your safety harness be out of warranty, but you have no way of knowing that the internal structure of your safety harness is sound — even if it’s passed regular inspection and shows no outward signs of damage. When it comes to personal fall protection, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Each harness and lanyard is accompanied by specific instructions for use, inspection, and cleaning that must be understood and followed. Industry requires all fall protection products, including harnesses and lanyards be visually inspected prior to use and regularly inspected by a Competent Person, such as defined by OSHA (Occupational Health & Safety Administration) or CSA (Canadian Standards Association). When not in use, products should be stored at room temperature away from chemicals, moisture and ultra-violet light.

Following these instructions may still necessitate removing the harness or lanyard from service prior to any life expectancy guideline, due to the normal wear and tear of everyday use. Likewise, proper adherence to the inspection and maintenance criteria may extend the useful life. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the end-user to determine when a harness or lanyard is unfit for use and should be removed from service.

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In Canada Full Body Harnesses CAN/CSA/Z259.10-M90 does NOT give an expiry date but STATES MUST MEET THESE STANDARDS AT ALL TIME, if not it is out of service.

  • Use the right equipment for the job. Refer to the series of Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standards Z259, including:
    • Z259.1-05 (R2010) “Body belts and saddles for work positioning and travel restraint”,
    • Z259.2.3-12 “Descent devices”,
    • Z259.10-12 “Full Body Harnesses”,
    • Z259.11-05 (R2010) “Energy absorbers and lanyards”,
    • Z259.12-01 (R2011) “Connecting components for personal fall arrest systems (PFAS)”,
    • and any other standards or legislation that may apply.

Rest assured the equipment has tremendous excess capacity, and the degradation that is common (not normal…) in a 3-5 year period does not render the device worthless on the 1st day of the 6th year. The manufacturer knows that a harness worn every day will likely not make the 5 year mark, not by a long shot. A heavy form carpenter or an iron worker can wear out a harness in less than a year. On the other hand, a harness that is properly stored and worn only for inspections and riding in boom lifts and on roofs, that is used once a week or once a month, may last a lifetime. The Competent Person is the deciding factor. Also note, lanyards have a recommended 3 year use limit.

ANSI and OSHA do not reference a maximum service life for synthetic fiber products. ANSI and OSHA standards require that the user remove the equipment from service if it has been subject to the forces of arresting a fall. ANSI A10.32-2012 does not specify a 5 year harness and lanyard service life. It states that “fall protection equipment shall be removed from service upon evidence of defects, damage or deterioration; once it has been subjected to impact loading; or upon expiration of the manufacturer’s specified service life, whichever comes first.”

ANSI and OSHA standards require that the user remove the equipment from service if it has been subject to the forces of arresting a fall. They also states that when inspection reveals defects in, damage to, or inadequate maintenance of equipment, the equipment shall be permanently removed from service or undergo adequate corrective maintenance before return to service.

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In the USA to be a supervisor on a WORKSITE are you trained in the 30 method.

OSHA 30-hour Construction Training Course. OSHA recommends Outreach Training Programs as an orientation to occupational safety and health for workers covered by OSHA 29 CFR 1926. Construction workers must receive additional training, when required by OSHA standards, on specific hazards of the job.

Did your state pass a law where you don’t have to renew your card yearly like NEVADA

The Nevada State legislature passed SB 233, which removes the requirement for a 10/30 hour refresher course for those holding 10 or 30 hour construction cards. The Governor signed this bill, and it became law as of June 10, 2015.  But work outside the state and you need to renew your OSHA training, because that law only is good in the state of Nevada!

This means that if a person has the 10 or 30 hour OSHA construction card, Nevada no longer requires that they have refresher training, and the card is considered valid regardless of the date of issue.

It is still required that a person have an OSHA 10 or 30 hour construction card in order to work on a construction site in the state of Nevada.

Although OSHA does not require any employee to complete the 30-hour course, the training course may be required by state law or employer rules. And although currently, the OSHA 10/30 card does not have an expiration date associated with it. Most companies will require that employees retake the class every 3-5 years depending on who you work for (or who your company is working for).

While the OSHA 10/30 card does not expire, the topics covered during the class have annual or bi-annual refresher training required. This means that if you take the OSHA 10/30 course one year, you will have to get training on most of the topics either every year or every other year.

Out of the 25 states with OSHA-approved programs, seven states make the 10-hour course mandatory for employees, with Nevada the only state that also mandates the 30-hour course. All supervisory employees in Nevada must obtain an OSHA 30-hour card within 15 days of being hired, and the card must be renewed every five years. In addition to government requirements, some private companies or worker unions may require their employees to obtain an OSHA 30-hour card as a condition of employment. Also, the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island now require by law a minimum of 10 hours of OSHA safety training to work on a public jobsite. The State of Nevada has taken their requirements a step further with a minimum of 10 hour training for construction workers and a minimum of 30 hours of safety training for supervisors and superintendents. Nevada also requires continuing safety education to maintain 10 and 30 hour current certification:

30-Hour Card Requirements

OSHA specifies standards for each 30-hour course in subject areas of general industry, construction and maritime. For example, the 30-hour general industry program must include 13 hours of mandatory topics, such as two hours for emergency exit routes and action plans and one hour for personal protective equipment. The training courses must be conducted by a certified OSHA trainer in the applicable subject area. The qualifications for a trainer include five years of general industry safety experience and completion of mandatory course work

Most Popular Job for Employees with a OSHA 30 hour Certification

·        Project Manager, Construction.

·        Construction Superintendent.

·        Construction Superintendent, Commercial.

·        Project Engineer.

·        Safety Manager.

·        Construction Project Manager.

·        Assistant Project Manager, Construction.

And since you are OSHA 30 trained Im sure you have seen this card for sure!

Intended for supervisors or workers with some safety responsibility.

  • Construction Workers
  • Construction Foremen
  • Construction Job Supervisors
  • All Personnel Responsible for Construction-related Projects

Learning Objectives

OSHA 30-Hour Construction online safety course trains workers and employers on recognition, avoidance, abatement and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace. It includes information on workers’ rights, employer responsibilities and how to file a complaint.

OSHA 30 training course:

  1. Recognize what worker rights are protected under OSHA
  2. Recognize what responsibilities an employer has under OSHA
  3. Identify major fall hazards
  4. Identify common caught-in or -between hazards
  5. Identify common struck-by hazards
  6. Identify types of electrocution hazards
  7. Identify ways to select appropriate PPE and lifesaving equipment
  8. Identify major health hazards common to the construction industry
  9. Recognize how to protect oneself from material handling hazards
  10. Identify major hand & power tool hazards
  11. Recognize role of the workforce in improving the current culture
  12. Recognize the role of management in improving the current culture
  13. Recognize ways to protect oneself from crane hazards
  14. Identify major hazards related to motor vehicles, mechanized equipment and marine operations
  15. Recognize ways to protect oneself from fire hazards thru prevention and emergency response
  16. Recognize employer requirements for protecting workers from concrete & masonry hazards, including abatement methods
  17. Identify major steel erection hazards
  18. Recognize ways to protect oneself from welding & cutting hazards
  19. Describe types of confined space hazards
  20. Recognize ways to protect oneself from confined space hazards
  21. Describe activities that can lead to MSD and RMD injury and illness
  22. Recognize employer requirements for providing a safety and health program that effectively reduces and prevents employee injury, illness, and fatality
  23. Identify responsibilities of a supervisor in preventing worker injuries and unhealthful exposures
  24. Recognize the specific legal responsibilities of a supervisor to protect worker safety and health
  25. Identify the reasons for an incident investigation and future preventative measures that may result
  26. Recognize ways to protect oneself from arc flash hazards
  27. Describe types of health and safety construction hazards and appropriate forms mitigation

Course Topics

  • Introduction to OSHA
  • Contractor’s Safety and Health Program
  • Reporting and Record Keeping
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Fall Protection
  • Materials Handling
  • Cranes and Rigging
  • Motorized Mobile Platforms
  • The Competent Person
  • Excavations
  • Work Zone Traffic Control
  • Forklift Hazards


  • OSHA
  • CP
  • PPE
  • LOTO
  • Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Outreach Training Program