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New OSHA rules require more injury reporting

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If your workplace is prone to injuries, get ready to submit more paperwork to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA last month issued a final rule that says employers will be required to notify the agency of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related hospitalizations or amputations within 24 hours.

Under current OSHA rules, em­­ployer reporting is only required for fatalities and for hospitalizations of three or more employees. So reporting of single hospitalizations is not required under current rules.

The new rules go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction. (Some states have their own safety agencies). Employers will be able to submit this information online.

Certain industries must also keep records of less-serious injuries and illnesses on their OSHA 300 Logs. In these new rules, OSHA is updating the list of industries that are exempt from keeping such records because of their low injury rate.

Online resource: Learn more about OSHA’s new record-keeping rules and industry exemptions on their website.

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