OSHA Inspections to Increase as Reporting Rules Change
Peter Gillespie article “OSHA Inspections to Increase as Reporting Rules Change” was featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on November 3, 2014.
This coming new year will bring significant changes to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) workplace injury and illness reporting requirements. The requirements go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
Among the changes, OSHA has updated the categories of employers (with 11 or more employees) that are required to maintain records of employee injuries and illnesses using OSHA 300 log forms and related documentation. In addition, employers must report to OSHA all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and eye losses that occur as a result of work-related incidents, data that OSHA intends to make available through its website. All of these changes will certainly lead to more inspections.
In the article, Peter addresses the different types of businesses that are now required to maintain injury and illness records. He also examines the new reporting obligations that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
Peter forewarns businesses that are new to maintaining OSHA 300 logs, that those logs will likely be among the first things that OSHA requests.