As of January 1, 2015, requirements for workplace injury reporting to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have changed. Employers are now required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all inpatient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.
Employers can report these severe incidents to OSHA in one of three ways. You can:
- call the nearest OSHA area office during normal business hours,
- call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at (800) 321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742), or
- report online at www.osha.gov/report_online/. (Note that at the time of this post, the on-line reporting site was not yet up and running.)
Employers under Federal OSHA’s jurisdiction were required to begin reporting by January 1. If your establishment is located in the jurisdiction of a state-run OSHA program, you may want to contact your state agency for the implementation date.