Published Date: 09/22/2014
By Pat Rountree
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a revised standard on reporting workplace deaths and hospitalizations. Although North Carolina has a state run OSHA program, we adopt many of the federal standards and this standard will apply to North Carolina employers. Effective January 1, 2015, employers must report work-related inpatient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye within 24 hours for a single employee. Previously, hospitalizations were only required to be reported if three or more employees were hospitalized, and the standard did not require the reporting for amputation or loss of an eye. The requirement to report a work-related death within eight hours remains unchanged in the standard.
According to Assistant Secretary of Labor David Michaels, the reporting of a single work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of eye, or death will enable OSHA to step in and see that proper steps are taken to protect other employees at the worksite. OSHA’s announcement clarifies that even employers who are exempt from maintaining illness or injury records will be required to report work-related deaths or injuries as noted above.
OSHA is developing a website for employer reporting at http://j.mp/os-or.