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| Standard Number:||1904; 1904.29; 1904.29(b)(6); 1904.29(b)(9); 1904.35(b)(2); 1904.35(b)(2)(iv)|
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(iv) May I remove the names of the employees or any other information from the OSHA 300 log before I give copies to an employee, former employee, or employee representative?OSHA has determined that it is important for employees, former employees, and their representatives to have complete access to the entire 300 Log, including all names of employees listed on the form. The Agency's long standing practice of providing access to all of the information on the 300 Log permits employees and their representatives to be totally informed about the employer's recordkeeping practices, and the occupational injuries and illnesses recorded in the workplace. The data included on the 300 Log assists employees and their representatives in their voluntary efforts to uncover and eliminate workplace safety and health hazards. In addition, the name of the employee listed on the 300 Log is important in understanding and verifying recordable cases. In many cases it may be necessary to speak with a specific employee to determine the conditions that lead to the injury or illness, and this is impossible without access to employee names. The removal of non-union employees listed on the 300 Log would diminish an employee representative's ability to uncover and prevent safety and health hazards in the workplace.
No, you must leave the names on the OSHA 300 Log. However, to protect the privacy of injured and ill employees, you may not record the employee's name on the OSHA 300 Log for certain "privacy concern cases," as specified in paragraphs 1904.29(b)(6) through 1904.29(b)(9).
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