OSHA Looks to Reassure Employers on Reporting Injuries Under New Rules

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated that information generated by employers under the revised reporting requirements for its severe injury reporting rule will not be used to issue citations and fines. The reporting rule will take effect Jan. 1, 2016, and requires that all workplace fatalities be reported within eight hours. Additionally, employers must report the hospitalization of a single employee — rather than three or more employees as previously required — as well as all amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours of management learning of the incidents. Less than 40 percent of the more than 10,000 reports filed to date have resulted in on-site inspections, while 50 percent of those reports resulted in a rapid response investigation that requests more information about the incident and the employer's corrective action. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, said, "We're looking at that very carefully now because we want to be able to assure employers that they can be totally open with us without repercussions. We're working on developing a policy now that provides that assurance." However, OSHA can decide to conduct an inspection based on the nature of the event and the sufficiency of the response. If that occurs, OSHA will use that inspection information to determine whether citations should be issued.

NLBMDA 1/26/2016

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