osha-articleOn September 18, 2014, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) amended its regulation on injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting regulations in 29 CFR 1904.
The following changes are effective January 1, 2015:

  • Employers are required to report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, as well as amputations and loss of an eye, to OSHA within 24 hours of the event.
  • The rule retains the requirement for employers to report work-related fatalities to OSHA within eight hours of the event.
  • An updated list of industries that are partially exempt from requirements to keep OSHA injury records due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates. The revised list is based on more recent injury and illness data and lists industry groups classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) rather than the previous list which was classified by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC).

Employers can report these events by telephone 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or through an electronic form that will soon be available (expected mid-January) on OSHA’s public website www.osha.gov.

If you have questions regarding the revised reporting requirement or would like compliance assistance, please contact either Molly McKenna, CHMM at (512) 579-3837 or mmckenna@zephyrenv.com, or Bonnie Blam, CSP at (512) 579-3817 or bblam@zephyrenv.com.