Saturday, December 20, 2014

Oil and Gas Industry and Others - NEW OSHA REPORTING REQUIREMENTS




On January 1, 2015, an updated Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordkeeping rule takes effect, expanding the list of severe injuries that employers must report to the agency. All employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, even those exempt from maintaining injury and illness records, are required to comply with OSHA's new severe injury and illness reporting requirements.

Under the revised rule, beginning January 1 all employers are required to notify OSHA of:
  • All work-related fatalities within eight hours
  • Work-related in-patient hospitalizations of one person within 24 hours
  • Amputations or loss of an eye within 24 hours
Previously, OSHA required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Hospitalization of three or more employees due to a work-related injury was considered a catastrophe under the prior rule. Reporting of single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye also was not required previously.

Such incidents can be reported by:
  1. Calling the confidential number 800-321-6742.
  2. Calling the closest OSHA area office during normal business hours.
  3. Using a new online form that will soon be available at
The recordkeeping rule and a resource material are available at  

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