The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a proposed rule to update and revise two aspects of the agency’s recordkeeping and reporting requirements for work-related injuries and illnesses. Public comments on the proposed changes should be submitted by Sept. 20, 2011.
Reporting of Work-Related Fatalities and In-Patient Hospitalizations
Under the new proposed reporting requirements, employers would be required to report to OSHA any work-related fatalities and all in-patient hospitalizations within 8 hours, and work-related amputations within 24 hours.
OSHA’s current regulation requires an employer to report to OSHA, within 8 hours, all work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of 3 or more employees. Reporting amputations is not required under the current regulation.
Classification of Partially Exempt Industries
OSHA is also proposing to update Appendix A of the recordkeeping rule, which lists industries partially exempt from the requirements to maintain work-related injury or illness logs. These industries received partial exemption because of their relatively low injury and illness rates.
The current list of industries is based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) was introduced in 1997 to replace the SIC system for classifying establishments by industry. When OSHA issued the recordkeeping rule in 2001, the agency used the old SIC code system because injury and illness data were not yet available based on the NAICS.
The proposed change also responds to a Government Accountability Office report recommending an update from the old SIC system to the newer NAICS.
To educate employers and employees about the proposed changes, OSHA has updated itsRecordkeeping page to include answers to frequently asked questions regarding the proposed rule. You may also read the proposed rule in its entirety by clicking here. For more information on OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, please visit the HR360 Safety & Wellness – OSHA Recordkeeping section.