The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new reporting rule effective 1/1/15. Several changes are being implemented including:
1. Under the new OSHA reporting rule, employers are required to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The severe injury rule states that employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours.
Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule.
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.
The press release on the new OSHA reporting rule is here.