Are you aware that on January 1, 2015 that OSHA has implemented a new set of rules for the reporting of certain types of work-related injuries? Following the January 1, 2015 date, OSHA has adjusted the timelines for reporting and recording work-related injuries that fall into certain categories.
• All work-related fatalities must be reported to OSHA within 8 hours of their occurrence.
• Any injury that results in an inpatient hospitalization, an amputation or the loss of an eye(s) must be reported within 24 hours of its occurrence.
OSHA’s rationale for making these changes is to increase the rate at which they are informed about injuries so that they can investigate more quickly—the more quickly they are informed, the more impact they can have to reduce future risk to other employees.
States that operate under a federal OSHA jurisdiction must comply with this reporting requirement beginning January 1st, 2015. It is suggested that any enterprise that operates in a state or jurisdiction which operates a state-run OSHA plan should contact their state-specific agencies to determine when this requirement will go into place.
If you are unsure whether your state or jurisdiction is under federal jurisdiction, we have included this list of state sponsored plans. Please note that there are five states which have a state-run OSHA department for public employees only.
In addition to the changes in the timelines regarding reporting specific injuries, the list of organization types that are exempt from the reporting requirement has been adjusted. OSHA stated that the list has been adjusted based on the relatively low rate of injuries for those specific industries. It is suggested that employers research their industry specifically to determine if their industry and organization is exempt from the reporting requirements.
OSHA has created the OSHA 300 log which is the form that OSHA requires be filled out by covered employers to track work related injuries. For more information on filling out and maintaining the form visit the Construct-Ed site at Construct-Ed.com or sign-up for the comprehensive OSHA 300 log course here.