OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Changes
The final ruling incorporates the following changes:
- Stricter reporting criteria for notifying OSHA of significant workplace injuries and illnesses
- A revised Appendix which lists industries that are partially exempt from the injury/illness recordkeeping requirements. Changes to the list include:
- Listing industry groups by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code as opposed to the previously used Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system
- Added new industry groups and removed others
- OSHA Form 300: a "Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses" that occur at their establishment.
- OSHA Form 301: Employers must prepare an "Injury and Illness Incident Report" detailing each individual injury/illness.
- OSHA Form 300A: At the end of the year, employers must prepare a "Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses" and post it in a public place beginning February 1st of the following calendar year.
If your place of business is under Federal OSHA jurisdiction and your facility's NAICS code appears in the newly updated Appendix listing, you are expected to keep workplace injury and illness records through 2014. However, you are not required to post a 2014 summary form in 2015.
Modified Injury Reporting Requirements
Another notable change to the recordkeeping amendments is additional reporting requirements and modifications to the time frame in which notification must be made. The current recordkeeping program requires employers to report the work-related fatalities and workplace events that result in the inpatient hospitalization of three or more employees. Notification must be made within eight hours.
The newly adopted changes require employers to notify OSHA whenever any of the following work-related events occur:
- A fatality (report within eight hours)
- The inpatient hospitalization of one or more employees (report within 24 hours)
- An amputation (report within 24 hours)
- The loss of an eye (report within 24 hours)
For more information on the injury/illness regulatory changes (and to view a full list of newly exempt industries), visit OSHA's recordkeeping page.
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