Effective Jan. 1, 2015, new recordkeeping requirements will be in effect for all businesses.
The changes include:
- ALL fatalities (regardless if they are work related or not) must be reported to OSHA within 8 hours of occurrence
- If ANY employee is hospitalized (admitted), OSHA must be notified with 24 hours (old rule was 3 or more employees)
- ANY amputation or loss of eye must also be reported within 24 hours (old rule was amputation by mechanical press)
- There is an updated OSHA Recordkeeping exclusion listing that expands the number of industry types that do not have to generate 300 and 300A logs as well as other recordkeeping requirements (This does not exclude companies from complying with OSHA rules and regulations)
On Sept. 11, 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013. According to the U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, “Workplace injuries and fatalities are absolutely preventable, and these new requirements will help OSHA focus its resources and hold employers accountable for preventing them.”
In addition to the new reporting requirements, OSHA has also updated the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep injury and illness records.
Click HERE to read the official OSHA press release. Click on the download button below to access a print-ready graphic with these requirements.
If you have any questions about these changes or any potential upcoming changes that have yet to be finalized (Silica Standard, Recordkeeping submission, etc.) please contact Lara Ward, Loss Control Advisor | 216.777.6116