New OSHA recordkeeping / reporting requirements

Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety & Health David Michaels reminds employers of new incident reporting measures effective this year. A revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule11-GA-OSHA-400 requires reporting of all work-related fatalities within eight hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities within 24 hours, and 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, OSHA contends. The agency provides three options for reporting: calls to the nearest OSHA area office during normal business hours, calls to a 24-hour hotline, 800/321-6742, or through