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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OSHA raises awareness about heat-related illnesses in the workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the U.S. Department of Labor has launched its awareness campaign about the heat hazards that workers and employers in the outdoor industries face, a report by The Times and Democrat stated on June 1.

For four consecutive years, the OSHA has aimed to educate both the employers and the employees about the health risks brought about by a hot weather. The report revealed that heat-related diseases resulted in 31 fatalities and 4,120 illnesses in the workplace in 2012. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Health Dr. David Michaels said the lack of acclimatization, the body’s adaptation to heat, accounted for almost two-thirds of heat-related citations issued within the last three years.

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