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OSHA extends proposed revisions comment period

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced it plans to reopen the rulemaking process to extend the comment period on what standards for reporting and recording work-related injuries and illnesses are required by law. The comment period has been extended per request from a stakeholder. The new deadline is October 28, 2011.

The new proposal states that employers would need to report any work-related deaths and all in-patient hospitalizations to OSHA within eight hours, while any amputation that results from a workplace injury must be reported within 24 hours. Current standards require employers to report all hospitalizations and fatalities of three or more employees within eight hours, and reporting work-related amputations is not required.

OSHA has also suggested updating Appendix A of the recordkeeping rule that lists industries exempt from the recordkeeping rule due to their relatively low rates of injury and illness reports.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the final count of fatal work injuries across the country in 2009 was 4,551, up from initial reports of 4,340.

To decrease injuries and illnesses in the workplace, OSHA requires employers to enforce the use of many safety products, such as hard hats and safety glasses