New OSHA reporting requirements for ALL employers

Effective January 1, 2015, OSHA requires that every employer REPORT every incident that results in loss of an eye or amputation (not avulsion) or in-patient hospitalization.  The employer must report to OSHA within 24 hours of learning of the incident.

This is in addition to the previous requirement that the employer report every incident that results in death within 8 hours.

There is a difference between recording injuries and reporting incidents.

This is not just for employers who have more than 10 employees.  This is not just for employers who are not exempt from recording workplace injuries.  THIS IS FOR EVERY EMPLOYER IN EVERY STATE NOT COVERED BY A STATE PLAN.  Ohio does not have a State Plan, so incidents must be reported to OSHA.

You can see the official OSHA website here:  www.osha.gov.

For an explanation of “what happens after I report?”, please see this article from the law firm of Calfee Halter & Griswold here:  http://calfee.com/new-osha-reporting-requirements-come-with-a-catch

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