New OSHA Requirements Effective January 1

by Deborah Z Mark

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Beginning January 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will have new reporting requirements for businesses.

Currently, employers are required to report all work-related fatalities, as well as work-related hospitalizations of three or more employees.

New Requirements

Beginning on January 1st, employers will be required to report:

  • All work-related fatalities
  • All work-related inpatient hospitalizations of one or more employees
  • All work-related amputations
  • All work-related losses of an eye

Who Must Report?

All employers must report the above to OSHA, even employers who are exempt from routinely keeping OSHA injury and illness records due to company size or industry.

Reporting Deadlines

Reporting deadlines for employers are as follows:

  • Work-related fatalities: within 8 hours of finding out
  • Inpatient hospitalization, amputation, or eye loss: within 24 hours of finding out

How to Report an Event

  1. Call the nearest OSHA area office during normal business hours.  The Phoenix area office number is: 602-514-7250.
  2. Call the 24-hour OSHA hotline: 1-800-321-OSHA (6742)
  3. Online reporting is still under development, but when it becomes operational, employers will be able to log on to: www.osha.gov to report an event

Happy New Year from OSHA!

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