New reporting requirements now in effect
Employers required to report hospitalizations within 24 hours
Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, there was a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers are now required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all inpatient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.
As of January 1, 2015 all employers* must report:
- All work-related fatalities within 8 hours
- Inpatient hospitalizations
- Losses of an eye
On Dec. 11, OSHA held a conversation on Web page on the updated reporting requirements and watch OSHA's new YouTube video, where Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, explains the new reporting requirements.
* Employers under Federal OSHA's jurisdiction must begin reporting by January 1. Establishments in a state with a state run OSHA program should contact their state plan for the implementation date.
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Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.