Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Year's Resolution # 1: Familiarize self with OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Changes

Attention Employers:  OSHA has made changes to their recordkeeping and injury-reporting rules.  These changes go into effect on Jan 1, 2015. 
 
Here's a link to OSHA's page describing all of the changes:  https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/index.html
 
The Jan 1 changes include:

Updated list of injuries that all employers must report to OSHA:
  1. All work-related fatalities (within 8 hours of learning about the incident)
  2. All work-related inpatient hospitalizations of one or more employees (within 24 hours)
  3. All work-related amputations  (within 24 hours)
  4. All work-related losses of an eye  (within 24 hours)

Updates to list of industries that are required to keep records. 
 
If you've been previously exempt, you may want to double check this list to see if your number has been called:   https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/reporting_industries.html


Updates to list of industries that are exempt from keeping OSHA illness and injury records

This list includes:

  • Employers with 10 or fewer employees at all times during the previous calendar year.  (this isn't an update.  They're just confirming the 10 employee rule)
  • Establishments in certain low hazard industries as classified by NAICS code.  The new list can be found here:   https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/ppt1/RK1exempttable.html

That's the gist of the updates.  However, are you unsure about your recordkeeping requirements under OSHA?  Here are some copy and pastes from OSHA's to help guide you:
 
Employers with more than ten employees and whose establishments are not classified as a partially exempt industry must record work-related injuries and illnesses using OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301, available here. Partially exempt industries include establishments in specific low hazard retail, service, finance, insurance or real estate industries and are listed in Appendix A to Subpart B and here.
 
What type of injuries do I have to report?
  • Covered employers must record all work-related fatalities.
  • Covered employers must record all work-related injuries and illnesses that result in days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, loss of consciousness or medical treatment beyond first aid (see OSHA's definition of first aid below).
  • In addition, employers must record significant work-related injuries or illnesses diagnoses by a physician or other licensed health care professional, even if it does not result in death, days away from work, restricted work or job transfer, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness.
 
For the full detail, go here:  https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/
 
 
 



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