OSHA Updates to Recordkeeping Rule has Huge Impact

A minor change to OSHA’s injury reporting requirement will have a big impact on virtually every employer in the United States. The rule change, which began on January 1, 2015, requires all employers to promptly report fatalities and certain serious injuries and illnesses to OSHA. Specifically, employers must report any work-related fatality within eight hours of learning of the event and must inform OSHA within 24 hours of learning of any single work-related loss of an eye, any amputation, or in-patient hospitalization. This marks a change from the prior standards which required notification only for fatalities and for hospitalizations of more than three individuals. The new rule also updates the list of industries that are exempt from recordkeeping, using the NAICS system to classify establishments.

The rule changes have a two-fold purpose. First, OSHA believes that increased reporting will allow it to more effectively prevent fatalities and serious work-related events by addressing issues more quickly. Additionally, improved reporting will provide more accurate data for researchers and health and safety professionals.

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels explains, “OSHA will now receive crucial reports of fatalities and severe work-related injuries and illnesses that will significantly enhance the agency’s ability to target our resources to save lives and prevent further injury and illness. This new data will enable the agency to identify the workplaces where workers are at the greatest risk and target our compliance assistance and enforcement resources accordingly.”

You can read information about the rule changes here: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/index.html

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