The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would revise recordkeeping and reporting requirements for work-related injuries and illnesses. According to a news release, employers must currently report to OSHA, “within eight hours, all work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees.” The new rules, however, would require employers to report “any work-related fatalities and all in-patient hospitalizations within eight hours, and work-related amputations within 24 hours.” The agency would also update the list of partially exempted industries to rely on the newer North American Industry Classification System, as opposed to the Standard Industrial Classification system.

“Making all in-patient hospitalizations and amputations reportable will provide OSHA with additional information on the causes of workplace incidents and lead to greater prevention of injuries,” said OSHA in its June 22, 2011, Federal Register notice, which requests public comments by September 20. “Although information reported regarding amputations will not necessarily result in an inspection, OSHA can use this information to better target inspections to workplaces with serious hazards in order to prevent any further workplace injuries.”