February is the month most California employers are required to post their Cal/OSHA Log 300. Do you know if you have to post this form?
You, the employer, are required to post the form if federal OSHA, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Cal/OSHA, or another state agency operating under the authority of these agencies requests in writing that you record occupational injuries and illnesses on the Log 300.
You are not required to post the form if you have not received such a request. A dental practice can be exempt because it employs fewer than 10 people. Also, dentistry is listed as a partially exempt industry in the recordkeeping regulation. "Partially exempt" means recordkeeping of employee injuries and illnesses need only be done if the employer has been requested to do so in writing by the agencies listed above.
If you are asked to maintain a Log 300 or to complete an OSHA or BLS survey, keep in mind that you must send the survey reports to OSHA, BLS, or its designee by mail or other means described in the survey form, within 30 calendar days, or by the date stated in the survey form, whichever is later.
Although an occupational injury that results in death or serious illness or injury is rare in dentistry, you are reminded that all employers are required to report these incidents as soon as possible to Cal/OSHA. Each employer must maintain written incident reports of occupational injuries and a sharps injury log.