In early September, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule that requires employers to notify OSHA within eight hours after an employee is killed on the job. The rule also requires notification within 24 hours when an employee suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye.
The previous regulations only required notification of work-related fatalities and inpatient hospitalizations of three or more employees.
OSHA has also updated the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to regularly keep injury and illness records. The industries are exempt due to having relatively low occupational injury and illness rates.
Details of the new requirements and the list of exempt industries can be found at www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014. Use the flowchart below to help you understand how the new rule will affect your reporting requirements.