On September 18, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") published a Final Rule relating to injury and illness reporting, that includes significant changes to the reporting requirements. The revisions represent the first modifications to reporting rules for Federal jurisdiction states since 2001. Some state-authorized OSHA programs already have reporting requirements in place that are similar to the new Final Rule, which becomes effective January 1, 2015 in Federal jurisdiction states.
Prior to the effective date of the new Final Rule, employers are required to report a fatality from a work-related incident within eight hours of the employee's death. In addition, employers are required to report the in-patient hospitalization from a work-related incident of three or more of their employees within eight hours. Under the new Final Rule, employers will continue to be required to report a fatality within eight hours, but will, among other things, be required to report each in-patient hospitalization arising from a work-related incident within 24 hours of hospitalization, if the hospitalization occurs within 24 hours of the incident. In addition, employers will also be required to report each amputation and each loss of an eye within 24 hours of the amputation or the loss of an eye, if the amputation or loss occurs within 24 hours of the work-related incident.