OSHA Issues New Reporting and Recordkeeping Rules
Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk
Human Resources, Risk Management, health and safety
Employers will soon have new rules to follow after experiencing workplace injuries and illnesses. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published regulations regarding the reporting and recordkeeping requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s (“Act”). These new rules, which become effective on January 1, 2015, modify an employer’s obligation to report workplace injuries and illnesses to OSHA and to routinely keep records of injuries and illnesses.
Though a majority of workplace injuries and illnesses do not have to be reported to OSHA, some do. Like the current rules, the new rules require employers to notify OSHA within 8 hours of an employee’s work-related death. Under the new rules, employers are no longer required to notify OSHA of any work-related hospitalization of 3 or more employees. However, under the new rules, employers will be required to notify OSHA within 24 hours of any work-related incident that results in:
the in-patient hospitalization of one or more employees (the formal admission to a hospital or clinic for care or treatment, rather than merely observation or diagnostic testing);
an employee’s amputation (the traumatic loss of a limb or other external body part); or
the loss of an employee’s eye.
Employers may report these workplace fatalities and injuries by:
calling or visiting the OSHA office nearest to the site of the incident;
calling OSHA’s toll-free central telephone number (800-321-OSHA); or
electronic submission using the reporting application at www.osha.gov.
Employers may NOT use voicemail, fax or email to report these workplace fatalities and injuries. The new rules require employers to provide the following information to OSHA:
the employer’s name;
the location and time of the work-related incident;
the type of reportable event (fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye);
the number of employees injured or killed;
the names of these employees
a contact person and phone number; and
a brief description of the work-related incident.
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