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New Federal OSHA Reporting Requirements took effect January 1, 2015

- January 22, 2015 by Thomas Jolliff, ARM, CEES, ALCM (View all posts by Thomas)

Effective January 1, 2015, Federal OSHA’s reporting requirements changed for covered employers. This change impacts employers in states that fall under Federal OSHA’s jurisdiction; employers operating in states that fall under a State run OSHA program can contact their local Area office for any changes.

Under the prior Federal standard, employers must report by phone, or in person, to the nearest OSHA Area office:

1)      All workplace fatalities, within 8 hours, or

2)      The in-patient hospitalization of three or more employees (from the same incident) as a result of a work-related incident (within 8 hours).

Beginning January 1, 2015, all covered employers must report:

1)      All work-related fatalities within 8 hours of the incident, and

2)      All work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.

Employers may report by calling their nearest Area Office during normal business hours, OSHA’s 24-hour hotline (1-800-321-6742), or employers will be able to report on line at https://www.osha.gov/report.html.

Here’s the information you’ll need to provide:

  • Establishment name
  • Location of incident
  • Time of incident
  • Number of fatalities or hospitalized employees
  • Names of injured employees
  • Your contact person and phone number
  • Description of the incident

To ensure your entire management team is aware of these changes, make OSHA’s New Reporting Requirements your first training session of the New Year.


“OSHA Fact Sheet: Updates to OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule: Reporting Fatalities and Severe Injuries.” OSHA.gov. Department of Health Occupational Safety and Health, September 2014.  Web. 21 January 2015. https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/OSHA3745.pdf

“OSHA QuickTakes: New Reporting Requirements Go into Effect January 1.” OSHA.gov. Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration, Sept. 2014. Web. 21 Jan. 2015. https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/quicktakes/qt111714.html

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