OSHA Recordkeeping Updates

OSHA-LogoOSHA recently made modifications to their recordkeeping standard that will impact all employers.  Currently, employers are required to report a workplace fatality or the hospitalization of 3 or more employees after a workplace incident. Beginning January 1, 2015 it will also be required to notify OSHA when an individual (no longer requires 3 or more) employee suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye.  Employers will still be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, but they will have 24 hours to report work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye.  OSHA is allowing online reporting of these events through a Web portal.  All employers covered by OSHA are required to follow these severe injury and illness reporting requirements, even those who are exempt from maintaining injury and illness logs.

OSHA has also updated their list of industries that are exempt to the recordkeeping standard.  This exemption is based on the relatively low occupational injury and illness rates associated with these industry types.  The previous list had been based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system.  Now, the list will use the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) to classify the exempt industry list.  The updated list will also be based on more recent injury and illness data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Newly added industries to the recordkeeping standard include the following:

NAICS Code  Title of NAICS Code
3118 Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing
4411 Automobile dealers
4413 Automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores
4441 Building material and supplies dealers
4452 Specialty food stores
4453 Beer, wine, and liquor stores
4539 Other miscellaneous store retailers
4543 Direct selling establishments
5311 Lessors of real estate
5313 Activities related to real estate
5322 Consumer goods rental
5324 Commercial/industrial machinery & equipment rental/leasing
5419 Other professional, scientific, and technical services
5612 Facilities support services
5617 Services to buildings and dwellings
5619 Other support services
6219 Other ambulatory health care services
6241 Individual and family services
6242 Community food & housing, emergency & other relief services
7111 Performing arts companies
7113 Promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events
7121 Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions
7139 Other amusement and recreation industries
7223 Special food services
8129 Other personal services

or more information about the new rule, visit OSHA’s website at http://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014 or contact your assigned loss control consultant.

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