OSHA to implement new reporting policy next year

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adapted a new rule that would require all employers to report every incident of death, hospitalization, amputation, and loss of an eye sooner than previously mandated.

Starting January next year, employers will have to report work-related deaths within 8 hours of the incident. In-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and loss of an eye must be reported within 24 hours. Previously, employers only had to report hospitalizations of three or more employees, and were not required to report loss of an eye or amputation.

OSHA’s new requirements also apply to a wider range of employers, even some who were not required to keep records of work-related incidents in the past.

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