New OSHA Regulations for 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revised certain record keeping rules, with two key changes going into effect on January 1, 2015:

  1. The list of industries required to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records has changed. The new list is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), while the old list was based off of Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
  2. New work-related injuries must now be reported to OSHA. The current requirement of reporting all work-related fatalities within 8 hours is still applicable. However, work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and other injuries must now be reported within 24 hours to OSHA.

Establishments located in States under Federal OSHA jurisdiction must begin to comply with the new requirements on January 1, 2015. Establishments located in states that operate their own safety and health programs (State Plan States) should check with their state plan for the implementation date of the new requirements. OSHA encourages the states to implement the new coverage provisions on 1/1/2015, but some may not be able to meet this tight deadline. (www.osha.gov)

The final rule will allow OSHA to focus its efforts more effectively to prevent fatalities and serious work-related injuries and illnesses. The final rule will also improve access by employers, employees, researchers and the public to information about workplace safety and health and increase their ability to identify and abate serious hazards.
For more information regarding the new OSHA regulations, please contact John Meola at jjmeola@invincia.net or call 1-800-333-5046.

About the Author: 

John has over 20 years of loss prevention and risk management experience in both private industry and commercial insurance. His role is to work closely with Invincia clients to develop their safety programs and help them stay ahead of the curve with emerging trends and issues affecting Line of Coverage risk exposures. He is a published author and VCU Adjunct Instructor for Risk Control topics.

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