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.