Updates to OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule Effective Jan. 1

OSHA’s final rule on reporting that requires employers to notify the agency when a workplace fatality or serious injury occurs goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015. The agency announced changes to its requirements for injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting on Sept. 11, 2014. The final rule includes minor changes from the rule that OSHA proposed in June 2011 including:

1) changes and updates to the list of industries whose low injury and illness rates make them partially exempt from maintaining injury and illness logs;

2) changes and expansions to the rule revises the circumstances under which employers must report certain incidents to OSHA.

Under the existing guidelines, employers are required to report all fatalities and inpatient hospitalizations of three or more employees within 8 hours. The new rule keeps the requirement of reporting all fatalities within 8 hours, but adds reporting within 24 hours any inpatient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye. According to the agency, changes will allow OSHA to focus its efforts more effectively to prevent fatalities and serious work-related injuries and illnesses as well as to improve access to information about workplace safety and increase the ability to identify and mitigate serious hazards.

The new requirements take effect in federal OSHA states on Jan. 1, 2015, while state OSHA plans will have until Jan. 1, 2016, to fully implement changes. Click here for more information.