Workplace Injury Reporting Has Changed: New OSHA Rule

The new rule that went into effect on January 1, 2015. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) now requires employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye.

Also updated with the new rule is the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements. These rules are in effect for any workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

The new rule was enacted in order to better help OSHA track workplace injuries so that they can use the information about each type of injury in a useful way — to prevent future injuries at the job sites. Employers, therefore, can expect more OSHA inspections after any injuries that require a hospitalization and can expect that emergency medical responders will also be reporting the injury to OSHA.

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