Beginning Jan. 1, 2015,a change was made to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers are now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.
Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.
The updated reporting requirements are not simply paperwork; they also have a life-saving purpose. They will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.
Options for reporting
Employers have three options for reporting these severe incidents to OSHA. They can call their nearest area office during normal business hours, call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 800-321-OSHA (800-321-6742), or they can report online at osha.gov/report_online.
Employers under federal OSHA’s jurisdiction should have started their reporting Jan. 1. Establishments in a state with a state-run OSHA program should contact their state plan for the implementation date.