When there has been an illness or injury related to your workplace, the last thing you want is to be caught without documentation of the incident. This is why, as of 1970, you as an employer have been obligated to prepare and maintain records of all occupational injuries and illnesses. OSHA mandated this recordkeeping in order to protect employees with lasting injuries or illnesses. This recordkeeping also protects your company from fines, penalties, and legal action due to inaccurate record keeping. When your records are compliant, everyone involved is ensured fair treatment in the event of an illness or injury.