OSHA recordkeeping rule updates

Beginning January 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) will require work related fatalities to be reported within 8 hours and one or more employee hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.

The new rule updates the exempt industries list based on Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system, to a new list based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). It keeps the exemption for employers with ten or less employees.

"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,” explained Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of occupational safety and health. “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."

Severe injury incidents can be reported to OSHA through the nearest area office or calling the 24-hour OSHA hotline. OSHA is working on a new way to electronically report an incident through their website, and expect to release it soon.

Protect workers at risk of serious injury or work related illness with the appropriate personal safety equipment, including eye protection, face shields, and fall protection.

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