New OSHA rule would require electronic notification of injuries

By: November 14th, 2013 Email This Post Print This Post

If you’ve been following the OSHA news, you know that last week the agency proposed a new rule that affects the way workplaces will report workplace injuries.

It won’t change the fact that you have to report injuries that occur on the job, but it could change the way you do it. Basically, if you are a workplace with more than 250 employees, you would have to submit a quarterly report electronically to OSHA.

If you’re smaller, with at least 20 employees, you would have to submit the report once a year.

OSHA is giving you 90 days – until Feb. 6 – to submit something in writing if you have something to say about it.

I have to think this is a good thing. With too many thousands of healthcare workers being hurt on the job, anything that can be done to make it easier to report these injuries and keep it out in the open couldn’t hurt. OSHA has publicly said they are trying to figure out how to cut down on injuries in the workplace. Let’s hope this is a start.

I’d like to know your feelings on the proposed rule. Do you think it’s a good thing? Or is OSHA attempting to a little too snoopy in what goes on?

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By Linda Gylland on November 14th, 2013 at 10:34 am

Currently we submit an annual log to OSHA.
I think quarterly reports are a good idea as it could show trends, and possibly reduce injuries. It would be more work for our Employee Health department though!

Thanks Linda! I agree on both counts. Might it cut down on the need for surprise inspections?

Linda – I’d like to use your comments in a story. Would you mind sending me an email at with your contact info please?


By Judy Ruggeri on November 27th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

John, does this ruling apply for employers who are exempt from keeping an accident and injury log because they are a low risk business. SIC code #802 offices and clinics of dentist.

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