OSHA recently added a new rule that requires 24 hour notification of any inpatient hospitalization due to a workplace injury. This is for one or more employees and includes amputations and eye loss. The new rule will be effective on January 1st, 2015.
Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, OSHA’s regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule.