NMSU 2020 OSHA Form 300A
The year 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic brought much clarity about the importance of enhancing health and safety. This year was unlike any other, one in particular, was in how and where NMSU employees worked. In March, the majority of the NMSU workforce transitioned to working at home during the pandemic. Essential personnel remained working at NMSU facilities and others staggered shifts and personnel to keep operations up and running. This reduced amount of personnel onsite is reflected in the NMSU annual summary of employee injuries and illnesses with a 49% decrease from 2019.
Environmental Health Safety & Risk Management notes this summary in the OSHA Form 300A. These OSHA recordable cases are broken down by cases with days away from work, cases with days restricted duty and other recordable cases; such as medicine prescribed or stitches.
Under New Mexico law the annual OSHA 300 log must be posted from February 1 through April 30. All NMSU employment units; including units such as PSL, NMDA, CEMRC, NMSU Community Colleges, ASC facilities, etc. need to communicate the OSHA Form 300A by posting it on a bulletin board in a central employee area or by forwarding this link to the entire department staff. A PDF version is available to print by clicking on image of OSHA log to the right.
As mentioned, there is a 49% decrease in recordable injuries from 2019 to 2020. This decrease was a positive outcome of the increased teleworking throughout the pandemic. The reduced amount of operations and people on NMSU facilities resulted in only 43 work-related injuries or illnesses for the year 2020 compared to 84 in 2019.
For more information on positive safety outcomes during the year 2020, please see the 2019-2020 EHS&RM annual report located on our home page at https://safety.nmsu.edu/.
The OSHA severity rate normalizes the injury data to make it comparable from
year to year regardless of employee changes. This rate calculation considers
the number of lost days of work and total hours worked each year. This gives
the average number of lost days per recordable incident. This measures how
critical the injuries or illness sustained were by using the number of lost days
per accident as a proxy for severity.
This reduction in injuries and working from home resulted favorably in the NMSU Severity Rate with a 42.5% reduction from 2019. A lower severity rate indicates that those incidents that did occur were not as severe.
Employees are reminded to report work-related injuries and illness to their supervisor. In 2020, 84% of supervisors completed a Supervisor Accident Investigation Report and determined cause of the incident and what mitigation steps should be taken. EHS&RM reviews each report of injury or illness and provides recommendations to the supervisor.
The bar charts below compare cases with lost time and the number of days away from work.
The bar charts below compare cases with work restriction and the number of days at work with restricted duty.