OMG OSHA- Reporting Requirements for 2015
November 10, 2014
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised reporting requirements on September 11, 2014. Many of these revisions go into effect on January 1, 2015 and it benefits businesses big and small to understand what employers will be required to report before the new year rolls around.
Do We Have to Worry About This?
Before the September 11, 2014 changes all employers were required to report:
(1) all work-related fatalities, and
(2) All work-related hospitalizations of three or more employees.
After January 1, 2015 all employers must report all of the following:
(1) All work-related fatalities occurring within 30 days of the incident
(2) All work-related in-patient hospitalizations of one or more employees
(3) All work-related amputations
(4) All work-related losses of an eye.
Fatalities must be reported to OSHA within 8 hours of finding out about the death. All in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye must be reported within 24 hours of discovering the work-related illness.
In order to report an incident to OSHA you must call or visit your local OSHA office during business hours or call 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). An online option is in the works as of this writing and should be located at this website when it is completed.
Are there any further requirements from OSHA?
OSHA additionally requires routine records of all work-related injuries and illness using OSHA forms from all employers that (1) employ more that ten employees, and (2) whose industries are not classified as a partially exempt industry. Partially exempt industries include low hazard industries such as service, finance, insurance, real estate, and legal services. A full list of partially exempted industries can be found HERE.
If you have less than ten employees or are classified as a partially exempt industry regular records are not required, but you still must report all serious illness or fatalities mentioned above to OSHA.
I am an employer with more than 10 employees and not in an exempt industry. How do I record work-related incidents?
OSHA requires employers to keep records of serious incidents and fatalities and use the forms required by OSHA. The following are required for record keeping purposes:
OSHA Form 301“Injury and Illness Incident Report” – You will fill out this form first when recording a serious work-related incident or fatality. Within 7 calendar days after you receive information that a recordable work-related injury or illness has occurred, you must fill out this form. Public Law 91-596 and 29 CFR 1904 require you keep this form for five-years after the year you fill it out.
OSHA Form 300 “Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses”– This Form is required if you have a serious illness or injury to report. If there are no injuries to report then you do not need use this form.
OSHA Form 300A “Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses”– The Summary is required even if there are no reportable incidents from the pertaining year. This form must be from February 1st to April 30th of the year following the year that is filled out on the form. For example, 2014 would be posted from February 1st to April 30th of 2015.
All of the Forms mentioned above are found here.
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