Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements
Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule regarding, among other things, requiring employers to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations. The proposed rule requires employers to report to OSHA, within eight hours, all work-related fatalities and all work-related in-patient hospitalizations; and within 24 hours, all work-related amputations. The current regulation requires employers to report to OSHA, within eight hours, all work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. According to OSHA, the proposed rule “will enable the additional potential benefits of reporting to be realized without creating unreasonable burdens on employers.” Comments are due by September 20, 2011.