New injury reporting requirements effective Jan. 1

Up until now, employers had to report the following events to OSHA:

  • All work-related fatalities
  • All work-related hospitalizations of three or more employees

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, employers will be required to report these events:

  • All work-related fatalities
  • All work-related in-patient hospitalizations of one or more employees
  • All work-related amputations
  • All work-related losses of an eye

Employers must report a work-related fatality within 8 hours of finding out about it.

For any in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or eye loss, employers must report the incident within 24 hours of learning about it.

Only fatalities occurring within 30 days of the work-related event must be reported to OSHA. Further, for an inpatient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye, incidents must be reported to OSHA only if they occur within 24 hours of the work-related event.

Employers have three options for reporting an incident:

  1. Call the nearest OSHA Area Office during normal business hours.
  2. Call he 24-hour OSHA hotline: 1.800.321.6742).
  3. OSHA is developing a new means of reporting events electronically, which will be released soon and accessible on the agency's website.

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