OSHA Reporting Changes Begin January 1st

Dec 4

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The latest changes to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) reporting requirements take effect January 1, 2015.  

According to Heidi Schwartz of Today's Facility Manager Blog, "Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of discovering the incident." The previous guidelines required workplaces to notify OSHA when three or more workers were hospitalized as a result of the same incident, and/or required to report any workplace fatalities. 

Fig.1 Illustrates that on-the-job injuries continue to be a challenge facing most industries. 

These new guidelines were implemented to help bring attention to all workplace hazards in an attempt to help minimize future incidents.  Accidents in the workplace will never be completely eliminated but measures can be taken to minimize them through evaluating the cause of each incident and taking measures to prevent or minimize the risk of such incidents in the future. 
For complete details,  visit http://www.OSHA.gov.  
There are several options for reporting such accidents.  
1) Contact the nearest OSHA office
2) Call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742)
3) Report an incident online

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