Updated OSHA Recordkeeping Rule One Year Later
Workers Compensation – Updated OSHA Recordkeeping Rule One Year Later
At the beginning of 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an updated Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule to tighten its fatality, injury and illness reporting requirements.
The updated rule retained the requirement to report all fatalities within 8 hours and added the requirement to report all inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours to OSHA. In addition, OSHA updated the list of industries exempt from keeping OSHA injury and illness records unless otherwise stated by a state agency operating under the authority of OSHA or the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The updated rule retained the exemption for any organization with ten or fewer employees from the requirement to routinely keep records, regardless of their industry classification..
“The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said in a statement. “Workplace injuries and fatalities are absolutely preventable, and these new requirements will help OSHA focus its resources and hold employers accountable for preventing them.”
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