Changes to the OSHA Illness & Injury Recordkeeping Standard

business-insurance-policyStarting January 1, 2015 the new federal OSHA changes will require employers to file a detailed report within eight hours of fatal workplace accidents.

Severe on-the-job injuries that do not result in death but require hospitalization must be reported within 24 hours,  Such reports must be filed regardless of the size of the business.

Currently, the regulations require such reports only if a worker was killed or three or more workers were hospitalized as a result of a workplace accident.  The new 24-hour reporting requirement includes all work-related hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye.  All employers, including those partially exempted by reason of company size or industry classification, will be required to comply with the new severe injury and illness reporting requirements.

The new federal regulation maintains the current exemption for any employer with 10 or fewer workers from the requirement to maintain the 300 logs of worker injuries and illnesses.  The new rule also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA recordkeeping requirements.

via LARA – Changes to the OSHA Illness & Injury Recordkeeping Standard.