Summary of OSHAs Finalized New Recordkeeping Rules

On September 11, OSHA announced its final rule adopting new requirements for reporting severe injuries
and updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements.  ASSE opposed the provisions related to reporting severe injuries.  For ASSE members, a summary of new recordkeeping changes was prepared by Adele Abrams, Esq. 

The following summary of provisions and related links was provided by OSHA’s Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs –

To help keep you informed of developments at the agency, I wanted to let you know that OSHA has updated its rule on injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting.  Please see the OSHA Web page for the text of the rule, fact sheets, FAQs, and other information.  You may also be interested in OSHA’s press release on the topic. 

There are two key changes to the rule:

  • First, the rule updates the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records, due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates. The previous list of industries was based on the old Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system and injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from 1996-1998. The new list of industries that are exempt from routinely keeping OSHA injury and illness records is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and injury and illness data from BLS from 2007-2009. Note: The new rule retains the exemption for any employer with ten or fewer employees, regardless of their industry classification, from the requirement to routinely keep records.
  • Second, the rule expands the list of severe work-related injuries that all covered employers must report to OSHA. The revised rule retains the current requirement to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and adds the requirement to report all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours to OSHA.

Establishments instates 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 Plans) should check with their State Plan for the implementation date of the new requirements.


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