OSHA Revised Reporting Rule for Worker Injuries
December 3, 2014 – IBTX strives to keep our clients abreast of major changes that may affect their businesses. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye.
Under the revised severe injury rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within 8 hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours.
Previously, OSHA’s regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule.
The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction. The new rule maintains the exemption for any employer with 10 or fewer employees, regardless of their industry classification, from the requirement to routinely keep records of worker injuries and illnesses. Click here to view the complete OSHA revisions.
For additional information about changes to the OSHA requirements or questions about Safety and Loss Control services that can help your company maintain compliance, contact IBTX Risk Services at 800.880.6689 or Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.