From the Hotline: OSHA Reporting and New Regulations

Question: What events must employers report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under OSHA’s new reporting and recordkeeping regulations announced on September 11, 2014?

Answer: Effective January 1, 2015, all employers must report the following work-related incidents to OSHA:

  • Fatalities.
  • Inpatient hospitalizations of one or more employees.
  • Amputations.
  • Loss of an eye.

Employers must report work-related fatalities within eight hours of learning about the incident. For any in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or eye loss, employers must report the incident within 24 hours of learning about it.

Only fatalities occurring within 30 days of the work-related incident must be reported to OSHA. Further, for an in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye, these incidents must be reported to OSHA only if they occur within 24 hours of the work-related incident.

Employers do not have to report an in-patient hospitalization if it was for diagnostic testing or observation only. An in-patient hospitalization is defined as a formal admission to the in-patient service of a hospital or clinic for care or treatment. Employers do have to report an in-patient hospitalization due to a heart attack, if the heart attack resulted from a work-related incident.

Important: All employers under OSHA jurisdiction must report all work-related fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye to OSHA, even employers who are exempt from the OSHA recordkeeping requirements due to company size or industry.