New OSHA Regulations Take Effect

December 31, 2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is implementing new reporting rules in 2015. Under the new rules, the company has eight hours to report a work-related death and 24 hours to report work-related in patient hospitalizations amputations, and losses of an eye.  

On Dec. 11, 2014 OSHA held a conversation on Twitter to answer questions about the new reporting requirements going into effect at the beginning of the new year. Some of the most frequently asked questions are discussed in a blog by Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.

Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident. The updated reporting requirements have a life-saving purpose: they will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.