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Final note: You should have posted your Form 300A in your facility as of February 1. The form provides a summary of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2008 and must remain posted in the workplace through April 30, 2009.
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Issue of Concern: Injuries are sent to DOL as LWT cases when they should not - because safety is no longer allowed to have access to the claim form.
Answer: At present time, the LWT rates are determined by Department of Labor, based on the extent of injury that is placed on the CA1 form. Safety should not have the need to have access to the form, since access to the form would not change the extent of injury that the WC personnel place on the claim form. However, we do realize that the LTCR is supposed to be a reflection of the safety effectiveness. Until which time DOL utilizes the establishment codes requested in 2007 year OSHA report, the data will come from OWCP FECA data. Training of the WC Program specialist is needed and forthcoming to ensure that only cases with actual LWT or documentation of total disability based on medical reports. Example: An employee that was returned to duty on the date of injury and decided to take SL the day after injury or a couple days after filing a claim, would not necessarily be a lost time claim, unless, medical evidence is provided that indicated total disability for those dates. Once there is consistent, acceptable definition of what should and should not be categorized as a LWTC, then we can say that the LTCR is indicative of the safety program effectiveness.
Question: Will OSHA have Federal SHARE goals after 2009?
Answer: OSHA is perparing to recommend to the President to extend the SHARE goals for the future after 2009, but the details of these goals have not been worked out.
Will OSHA use the OSHA 300 to count claims for goals in the future?
Answer: OSHA is perparing to use OSHA 300 data to count injuries in the future, but is currently not perpared to do so - so workers' compensation data would likely be used as it has been for the next few years.