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New Injury Reporting Requirements from OSHA

Steve Wagner

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made some changes to its injury and illness record keeping policies, now relaxing standards for a few more industries whose injury and illness rates are relatively low.

Among these exemptions are all companies who employ ten or fewer people. The new standards are based on data from the North American Industry Classification System, rather than the old system which was based on the Standard Industrial Classification and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Another addition to the policies is that of which injuries must be reported to OSHA. On the list is a mandate to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours of the accident, as well as in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or the loss of an eye. The listed injuries must all be reported within 24-hours of the accident.

Businesses must begin to comply with these new regulations by the first of the year, although states with their own safety and health programs may have different requirements. The new requirements are being implemented in the hopes that OSHA can work to prevent further work-related deaths and serious injuries, as well as help provide employers, researchers, and the public with better information about how to avoid workplace hazards and keep working environments safer.

If you have suffered from a work-related injury, the law offices of Wagner Reese may able to assist you with your recover. Is your employer compliant with the new regulations? Was proper reporting utilized when you were injured? Give us a call today for a free workers’ compensation consultation and find out more about our services. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440.

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