Starting Jan. 1, 2015, all employers under OSHA jurisdiction must report to OSHA:
- All work-related fatalities within 8 hours.
- All work-related inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours.
Establishments located in states under Federal OSHA jurisdiction must begin to comply with the new requirements on Jan. 1, 2015. Establishments located in states that operate their own safety and health programs ("State Plan States") should check with their state plan for the implementation date of the new requirements.
Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident. The updated reporting requirements will help employers and workers prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards, according to the agency.
For exemptions on this new requirement and additional information, go here.
Employers have three options for reporting the severe incidents to OSHA. They can call their nearest area office during normal business hours, call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742), or report online at www.osha.gov/report_online.