By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule requiring employers to report within eight hours when a worker has been killed on the job, and within 24 hours when an employee suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. Employers are currently required to notify OSHA of a work-related fatality, but only notify for in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees.
The new rule takes effect January 1, 2015, and applies to all employers covered by OSHA, even those companies that are otherwise exempt from maintaining injury and illness records. OSHA will soon create a new online form for filing electronic reports, in addition to the option of reporting by phone at 800-321-6742.