OSHA’s recent rule revision concerns time-sensitive “reporting” of severe work-related injuries. SMACNA members should also be aware of the difference between this “reporting” of severe occupational injuries and illnesses in relation to “recordkeeping” of injuries and illnesses in the annual OSHA log.
As of Jan. 1, 2015, under the revised reporting requirements, most companies will be required to notify OSHA of the following:
- Work-related fatalities—within eight hours.
- Work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye—within 24 hours.
Regarding “recordkeeping,” injuries and illnesses (including fatalities) must be recorded in the OSHA Log of Injuries and Illnesses. Most companies (10 or more employees) are required to maintain this log. This annual log is for your “recordable” injuries and illnesses. This log is posted at the beginning of each year.
For more information on this new rule, including exemptions and definitions, read the SMACNA Safety Bulletin, “2014 OSHA Rule Revises Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements” (Safety Bulletin 14-06).
The bulletin is available on SMACNA’s Safety Web page.
For questions about the new rule, contact SMACNA’s Director of Safety and Health Mike McCullion (email@example.com/(703) 995-4027).
For more information, visit the OSHA website.