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OSHA makes big changes to fatality, injury reporting requirements

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Department of LaborThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) collects data on workplace injuries and deaths and uses it to allocate its enforcement resources. In September, OSHA issued a final rule requiring more rigorous employer reporting of employee injuries and fatalities.

THE LAW: The Occupational Safety and Health Act governs workplace safety issues and is enforced by OSHA, which is part of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Several states have their own workplace safety laws and administrating agencies, with tougher standards than the federal law’s.

WHAT’S NEW: The DOL has issued new reporting requirements for employers when employees are injured or killed on the job. The new rules go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

OSHA will make reporting easier by rolling out a new website that allowing employers to complete an online form. Employers may still report injuries by calling OSHA’s toll-free hotline or appearing in person at ...(register to read more)

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