Safety & Health Bulletin
OSHA Has Issued New Recordkeeping Standards That Went into Effect
January 1, 2015.
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Under the previous rule, employers were required to report all
work-related fatalities, to OSHA, within eight hours after the
event, and all in-patient hospitalizations of three or more
employees from one event.
Under Appendix A to Subpart B of 29 CFR 1904, OSHA partially
exempts employers from the requirements of keeping records of
work-related injuries and illnesses due to relatively low
occupational injury and illness rates; and partially exempts any
employer with 10 or fewer employees at all times during the year
from the recordkeeping requirements.
The new final that went into effect on January 1, 2015 retained the
requirement to report all fatalities within eight hours after the
event; however it amended the regulation and will require employers
to report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, as well as
amputations and losses of an eye, to OSHA, within 24 hours after the
In addition to the latest reporting requirements, OSHA has also
updated the list of industries that are exempt due to relatively low
injury and illness rates.
The current list includes all employers based on the old Standard
Industrial Classification (SIC) system, and the new rule is based on
the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) that
classifies organizations by industry; and is based on new updated
data obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
OSHA will retain the existing exemption for 10 or fewer
employees, regardless of industry classification.