OSHA’s revised reporting requirements are creating confusion for some employers and flooding the office with an additional 200 reports per week. The new rules, which go into effect on January 1st, mandate that all workplace fatalities be reported within eight hours but add a new requirement that employers report the hospitalization of a single employee (rather than three or more employees as previously required) as well as all amputations and loss of an eye. Employers must make such reports within 24 hours of management learning of the accidents. According to a Business Insurance report, what exactly constitutes a reportable amputation is one element of difficulty, as well as fatalities like heart attacks that could or could not be work-related.
Read more from Business Insurance here.