OSHA rule: Now you have 24 hours to report one in-person hospitalization

by on September 16, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network
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You’ll have 24 hours to report to OSHA any time a worker suffers an work injury requiring hospitalization, as well any time a worker suffers a work-related amputation or loss of an eye, OSHA has announced.

OSHA issued the tougher final severe injury and illness reporting rule Sept. 11 and it will go into effect Jan.1.

The current rules require companies to inform OSHA any time three or more workers suffer in-person hospitalizations, and there were no eye loss and amputation reporting requirements. Single events, unless fatal, did not trigger the reporting requirement. As with the previous reporting rule, companies must report a fatality within eight hours.

“Hospitalizations and amputations are sentinel events, indicating that serious hazards are likely to be present at a workplace and that an intervention is warranted to protect the other workers at the establishment,” said OSHA head Dr. David Michaels.

All employers covered by OSHA—even those exempt from maintaining injury and illness records—must comply with the new rule. To make it easier, OSHA plans on putting an electronic reporting form online here: https://www.osha.gov/report_online/

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