The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced two key changes to their recordkeeping rule in a September 11, 2014 News Release. Effective January 1, 2015, OSHA has changed requirements on reporting of severe injuries, and has updated the list of industries exempt from reporting injuries and illnesses.
Revisions expand the list of severe work related injuries and illnesses that employers must report to OSHA. Key modifications include reporting fatalities within eight hours, and require employee hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye to be reported within 24 hours.
Companies exempt from routine recordkeeping include organizations with ten or fewer employees, and those classified as low-hazard industries. Updates are based on 2007-2009 injury and illness data released by the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
New requirements will take effect January 1, 2015.
Christopher J. Wesley, CIH
Vice President, EHS Services