Last September, OSHA announced its final rules for reporting severe injuries and fatalities. The new rules take effect on January 1, 2015. Are you ready?
The New Rule Requirements
- OSHA’s severe injury and fatality reporting requirements apply to all employers covered by OSHA, not just those with 10 or more employees.
- All employee work-related fatalities must be reported within 8 hours of the death. The previous rule required reporting only when 3 or more employees suffered a work related fatality.
- Employers must report when an employee is hospitalized, suffers an amputation or loses an eye in a work related injury. These reports must be made within 24 hours of the incident.
- Reports may be made by telephone to the OSHA Area Office, to the OSHA toll-free number or electronic submission on OSHA’s website.
The new rules will require more immediate reporting, which will also allow for more immediate investigation. Now is a good time to review your OSHA policies and programs to make sure they are up to date.
Authored by Craig Martin, Lamson Dugan and Murray.
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