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Updates to OSHA’s Recordkeeping and Reporting Rule: What events must be reported to OSHA and which employers have to keep records Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Effective date Federal OSHA For workplaces under Federal OSHA jurisdiction Final rule becomes effective January 1, 2015 State Plan States For workplaces in State Plan States States encouraged to implement new coverage provisions on January 1, 2015, or as soon after as possible. Check with your State Plan for their implementation date of the new requirements.
Expanded reporting requirements The rule expands the list of severe work-related injuries and illnesses that all covered employers must report to OSHA. Starting January 1, employers must report the following to OSHA: All work-related fatalities within 8 hours (same as current requirement) All work-related in-patient hospitalizations of one or more employees within 24 hours All work-related amputations within 24 hours All work-related losses of an eye within 24 hours
Example: A worker crushes a finger on Monday. Physicians determine that the finger requires amputation on Tuesday. The employer has until Wednesday (24 hours from when the amputation occurred) to report to OSHA Employer has 24 hours from when they learn the amputation has occurred.
Provisions That Did Not Change: Do not need to report fatalities, amputations & hospitalizations that occur as a result of over the road traffic accidents (unless in a work zone) Admission for observation does not make a case reportable Do need to report fatal heart attacks
How Does OSHA Define Amputation? An amputation is the traumatic loss of a limb or other external body part. Amputations include a part, such as a limb or appendage, that has been severed, cut off, amputated (either completely or partially); fingertip amputations with or without bone loss; medical amputations resulting from irreparable damage; amputations of body parts that have since been reattached. Amputations do not include avulsions, enucleations, deglovings, scalpings, severed ears, or broken or chipped teeth.
Loss of eye cases (enucleations): This reporting requirement applies only when the loss of the eye occurs within 24 hours of the work-related incident.
Estimated this rule will lead to 117,000 reports to OSHA per year On line database will be accessible to public OSHA will not inspect all reports, OSHA will use other interventions to contact employers about protective measures
What Will OSHA Do With the Information? OSHA will make the information available on a public database that will be searchable by employer name. OSHA information is available at either osha.gov or data.gov
By telephone to the nearest OSHA office during normal business hours. By telephone to the 24-hour OSHA hotline ( OSHA or ). Online: OSHA is developing a new means of reporting events electronically, which will be available soon at How can employers report to OSHA?
The rule also updates the list of industries that are partially exempt from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury & illness records (e.g. the OSHA 300 log), due to relatively low occupational injury & illness rates. The new rule retains the exemption for any firm with ten or fewer employees, regardless of their industry classification, from the requirement to routinely keep records. Reminder: All employers, even those exempt from recordkeeping requirements, must report a work-related fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye to OSHA. Industry exemptions
The previous list of exempt industries was based on the old Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system, as well as injury & illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from 1996, 1997 & The new list is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS 2002), as well as BLS data from 2007, 2008 & Industry exemptions
If I have not previously been required to keep records, do I need to start keeping records? First find your NAICS code at Then visit OSHA’s page at to determine if your industry is exempt. Finding your industry code (NAICS)
exempt New list of exempt industries
How do I keep records? For employers who are new to keeping records, download OSHA’s recordkeeping forms at Compliance assistance materials
How do I fill out the OSHA 300 log? For directions and training on how to keep the log, visit ping.htm Compliance assistance materials
How can I get more information on keeping records? OSHA has answers for many frequently asked questions. Find them by visiting our searchable FAQ page at: Compliance assistance materials
How do I report a fatality, hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye? Call the nearest OSHA office during normal business hours, or call the 24-hour OSHA hotline *Soon employers will also be able to report online at Compliance assistance materials