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Important Changes to OSHA's Reporting Requirements

Effective January 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) reporting requirements changed. Additionally, these new reporting requirements now force many, previously exempt, employers to keep OSHA 300 logs. We also expect to see a dramatic increase in OSHA inspections as a result of these additional requirements and non-exempt industries.

What's Changing?

  • The list of industries required to maintain routine reports is expanding. This new list now includes (but is not limited to) industries such as building material and supply dealers, automobile dealers, and facilities support services.
  • Employers are now required to report additional injuries. Employers must report all work-related inpatient hospitalizations, as well as all amputations, and all losses of an eye. These injuries must be reported within 24 hours.

What's Not Changing?

  • Employers with 10 or less employees are still exempt from routine record-keeping, regardless of industry.
  • All work-related fatalities still need to be reported within 8 hours.

Help Is Never Far Away

With everything business owners and employers need to do each day, we know it can be difficult to keep up with these reporting requirements changes. You can review these two fact sheets from OSHA,  Reporting Fatalities and Severe Injuries and Who is Required to Keep Records and Who is Exempt, or you can watch a US Department of Labor video announcing the changes. As always, you can contact us for help, too. We stay up to date with the latest OSHA changes so that you can continue running your business without worrying about compliance.
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