Changes To Regulations on Recording Work-Related Injuries

Changes To Regulations on Recording Work-Related Injuries

You may need to change your practices if you have a business with over 11 staff on hand. New record keeping and information reporting must occur within a set time or risk the possibility of legal punishment, including a fine.

These changes are brought by the OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  They require that businesses with more than 11 employees must report to the OSHA when an employee is killed, hospitalized with an amputation, or loss of an eye.

These rulings have been into effect since the beginning of the year. It is now a requirement that a death at work must be reported within 8 hours to the OSHA.  In addition, any work related injuries that require hospitalization for an amputation or a loss of sight must be reported with 24 hours to the OSHA.

Keeping up to date, detailed information is important.  Even if you have fewer employees, it is a good idea to put practices in place.  You should still know what information to provide and when it is due. This will protect your business and keep you in line with the legal requirements, which you should follow to prevent legal action.

It is good to know that the OSHA is looking to make things easier for the reporting of these incidents.  They have developed a system that will allow businesses to use an online reporting system, as well as the current telephone system.

Some businesses are not required, under the OSHA jurisdiction, to keep a record of accidents. It is important as a business owner, that you are fully aware of your own legal responsibilities and requirements to ensure that you fully comply with the new regulations.

Therefore, if you have not checked the legal requirements for the reporting of accidents since the beginning of the year, it is important that you take action now to ensure you comply with the new regulations.