OSHA New Workplace Safety Rules Put Data on Amputations and Hospitalizations Online

Starting in January 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will expand its workplace safety reporting rules. OSHA will require employers to notify the government within 24 hours every time a worker loses an eye, suffers an amputation, or gets admitted to the hospital with a work-related injury.  This new rules replaces regulations that require employers to report only incidents resulting in 3 or more workers being hospitalized.  Workplace deaths will continue to be reported within 8 hours.  OSHA believes that by expanding the events that require reporting and by having the reporting posted online, employers will take additional steps to prevent injuries and provide a safer working environment.