AWI e-briefs - 01/22/2015 (Plain Text Version)

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Safety Matters

New Workplace Safety Reporting Requirements Begin in January

Don’t forget…Beginning on January 1, employers are required to notify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, OSHA's regulations required reports of only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye had not been required.

OSHA advises that the updated reporting requirements have a life-saving purpose: They will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards. "By requiring employers to report when injuries like this happen, OSHA will be able to work with them to identify dangers and intervene sooner. We will be able to engage with employers not just through inspections, but through outreach to fix hazards before they become fatal," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.

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