OSHA Announces New Reporting Requirements
by Chuck Paulausky, CHMM; CP Safety & Environmental, LLC.
Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and any incident resulting in hospitalization of three or more workers from the same incident.
Effective on January 1, 2015, this rule changed. Now an employer must contact OSHA for the following events:
- Report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours
- Report within 24 hours of learning about the incident:
- All inpatient hospitalizations
- Any amputation
- Any loss of an eye.
This allows OSHA and employers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.
If one of these incidents occurs, employers will have three options for reporting to OSHA.
- Call their nearest area office during normal business hours,
- Call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-6742, or
- Submit the report using an online form that will be available after mid-January at https://www.osha.gov/report_online/index.html