Reminder: OSHA’s New Requirements for Reporting Severe Injuries Goes Into Effect on Jan. 1
December 22, 2014
OSHA’s final rule regarding severe injury reporting will become effective on January 1, 2015, for Federal Plan States. Employers will now be required to notify OSHA of all work-related in-patient hospitalizations (instead of only those involving three or more employees), amputations and eye loss within 24 hours of their occurrence. Employers must still report work-related fatalities within 8 hours. The definition of amputations has been updated, as well.
OSHA will make an employer’s report of all fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations or eye losses publicly available on the agency’s website. OSHA stated it believes that public disclosure will incentivize employers to ensure a safe workplace for their employees. The agency has posted several fact sheets on the new rule that can be accessed at: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/OSHA3745.pdf