Important OSHA News: New OSHA Rule on Reporting Requirements
Effective January 1, 2015, OSHA will require that notification be provided to it in the following circumstances:
• Notification must be provided to OSHA within eight (8) hours of any fatality which occurs within 30 days of the work-related incident
• In-patient hospitalization of one or more workers requires notice to OSHA within 24 hours
• Amputations or loss of an eye must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours
Under the current reporting requirements, employers are only required to report work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalization of three or more employees. There is no current requirement to provide notice to OSHA of a single hospitalization, nor is there a current requirement to provide notice to OSHA of an amputation or loss of an eye.
OSHA announced these reporting requirement changes in a press release issued September 11, 2014.
OSHA has also expanded the available methods of reporting to it. While OSHA will continue to maintain its confidential number (1-800-321-OSHA) and allow for reporting to a local OSHA Area Office, it has also creating a web portal in order to allow employers to make reports electronically. As of October 15, OSHA’s website stated that the electronic reporting form was still under development.