Under the revised severe injury rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA 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 an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye wasn’t required under the previous rule.
The rule will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
All employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, even those exempt from maintaining injury and illness records.