New Requirements for Reporting Severe Injuries Announced by OSHA
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a final rule now requiring employers to notify OSHA of all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. The new rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA recordkeeping requirements, becomes effective for all workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction on
January 1, 2015.
After the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013, OSHA announced the final rule in efforts to more effectively prevent fatalities and serious work-related injuries and illnesses.
“OSHA will now receive new data that will enable the agency to identify the workplaces where workers are at the greatest risk and target our compliance assistance and enforcement resources accordingly,” Dr. David Michaels, Assistance Secretary of Labor for OSHA.
To help employers achieve these requirements, OSHA is developing a web portal to report incidents electronically, in addition to their traditional telephone reporting option.
For more information about the new rule, visit OSHA’s website.