OSHA’s Revised Reporting Rule Requires More from Employers
If you own a business, take note. Effective January 1, 2015, employers must notify the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within eight (8) hours of a workplace fatality and within twenty-four (24) hours of a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye. This new rule is considerably different from its predecessor – the current notification rule does not require reporting of single hospitalizations, amputations, or losses of an eye.
The revised rule will have a great impact on the workplace, given that most, if not all, employers are governed by federal OSHA or OSHA-approved state programs. The new rule also updates the industries exempt from injury and illness reporting. While certain industries such as newspaper publishers and gas stations are now exempt from recordkeeping, automobile dealerships and liquor stores, among others, are now required to keep injury and illness records. However, the new rule does not affect the recordkeeping exemption for employers with ten (10) or fewer employees.
OSHA also recently published a list of the top ten most frequently cited safety violations for the 2014 fiscal year. For the fourth year in a row, OSHA’s fall protection standard is the Agency’s most cited violation. View the rest here.
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