OSHA Revises Its Recordkeeping Rule

Employers must report to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration all work-related deaths within eight hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours under a newly revised record-keeping requirement that is effective January 1.

The new OSHA rule applies to all covered employers, even if the employer is exempt from maintaining injury and illness records.  The agency said the revision was needed to get a better understanding of the scope of work-related injuries in the United States.  Under the prior rule, employers were only required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees.

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