January 20, 2015

How the New OSHA Requirements Will Affect You


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised recordkeeping requirements effective January 1, 2015 and this bulletin announces the new changes.

From OSHA’s Website: Under the OSHA Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA 300 Log. This information is important for employers, workers and OSHA in evaluating the safety of a workplace, understanding industry hazards and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards.

Summary of New OSHA Reporting Requirements
• Updated list of industries that are exempt from the requirement of keeping routine OSHA injury and illness records. The new list of industries is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
• All employers must report to OSHA all work-related fatalities within 8 hours.
• All employers must report to OSHA all work-related inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours.

How to Report to OSHA
• Call OSHA’s free and confidential number at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
• Call your closest Area Office during normal business hours.
• Use the new online form that will soon be available.

According to OSHA’s website, the new requirements will help OSHA focus its efforts more effectively to prevent fatalities and serious work-related injuries and illnesses. It will also improve access for employers, employees, researchers and the public to information about workplace safety and health. In addition, it will increase the ability to identify and abate serious hazards.

What Does This Mean to You?
Employers continue to be the responsible party for reporting workplace injuries to OSHA – however, timeframes have been reduced. (Note: The exemption for any employer with 10 or fewer employees, regardless of their industry classification, is still exempt from the requirement to routinely keep records.)

How CorVel Can Help?
Partnering with a trusted entity to support you with reporting requirements is crucial for the success of your program. CorVel continues to support our customers in meeting these reporting obligations through prompt reporting to employer designees for all injuries that are deemed severe.

Our clients enjoy streamlined processing through advanced systems, including alerts from our 24/7 Advocacy and First Notice of Loss programs support employer compliance with the new OSHA regulations. Real-time reporting, aided by mobile apps, and specific protocols for catastrophic and serious injuries connects injured workers with appropriate care and peace of mind for employers.

For additional assistance, contact a CorVel representative, or visit www.osha.gov.