The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new and revised reporting requirements effective January 1, 2015. The new requirements include a timeline by which severe injuries and fatalities must be reported to OSHA.
Employers must report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours, while all work-related inpatient hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye must be reported within 24 hours. The report can be made by calling the free and condfidential 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), by calling your closest area office during normal business hours, or by using the online form which will soon be available at www.osha.gov.
These reporting regulations apply to fatalities that occur within 30 days of a work-related incident or for hospitalizations, amputations, and eye loss that occurs within 24 hours of a work-related incident. Employers do not have to report an event that results from a motor vehicle accident on a public street or highway, unless it occurs in a construction work zone, or an event that occurs on a commercial or public transportation system such as an airplane or bus. In-patient hospitalization for diagnostic testing or observation only does not need to be reported.
Reports to OSHA must include the establishment name, location and time of the incident, type of reportable event, number of employees who suffered the event and their names, a contact person and phone number, and a brief description of the incident.
OSHA already updated its requirements for those exempt from routinely keeping OSHA injury and illness records. The new regulations include any employers with 10 or fewer employees at all times during the previous calendar, and businesses in certain low-hazard industries. That list of exempt industries can be found here.