Are you using the new, updated OSHA forms?

As of Jan. 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to use the revised OSHA 300 form, which includes a separate column for occupational hearing loss.

Hearing loss is recordable if the employee has a hearing level of 25 db or greater above audiometric zero and a work-related change of 10 db averaged over the frequencies 2,000; 3,000; and 4,000 Hz.

The rule also allows the employer to include an adjustment for hearing loss due to aging and to seek the advice of a physician or licensed health care professional to determine if the hearing loss was work-related.

The new form includes some other changes to make it more user-friendly, including more clear formulas for calculating incidence rates. For a copy of the form, go to: www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/new-osha300form1-1-04.pdf.