What’s New with OSHA in Maritime

On January 1, 2015 new requirements go into effect for employers to notify OSHA of fatalities and severe injuries.  Employers will still be required to notify OSHA of any work-related fatality within eight (8) hours.  Employers will now be required to notify OSHA within twenty-four (24) hours of a single work-related inpatient hospitalization of an employee, a loss of an eye, or an amputation.  Previously the injury reporting requirement was for the inpatient hospitalization of three (3) or more employees.

OSHA has clarified that the requirements are only for fatalities occurring within 30 days of the work-related incident, and within 24 hours of the work-related incident for inpatient hospitalization, loss of an eye, or amputation.

Should ALMA members be affected by the changes, the nearest OSHA Area Office should be contacted during business hours.  If the incident is after work hours employers should call 1-800-321-6742. More information is available at:  https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/index.html.​