OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Changes Take Effect Jan. 1

As of Jan. 1, 2015, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is making several changes to its recordkeeping rule. The most notable change is the expansion to the list of severe injuries and illnesses that employers must report to OSHA.  Employers will be required to report:

  • All work-related fatalities within eight hours.
  • All work-related inpatient hospitalizations within 24 hours
  • All amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours.

You can report to OSHA by calling 1-800-321-OSHA, contacting your closest OSHA Area Office during normal business hours or using the new online form that will soon be available here.

There are also changes to the list of partially exempt industries and establishments required to keep records listed by primary NAICS code and Industry Description. To view the new list of partially exempt industries, see Tables 1 and 2 on this OSHA Fact Sheet.

Please note: Individual state OSHA programs may have recordkeeping rules in addition to Federal OSHA. You can find a list of states with approved plans here.