If you’ve been watching the news coming out of Safetyland, you know that OSHA last week announced a change in its rules on the reporting of workplace deaths and severe injuries, requiring that employers must report any fatalities within eight hours of the accident or incident beginning January 1.
It’s not much of a surprise, and the new rule has been anticipated for some time. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels explained that work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye will now have to be reported within 24 hours under the new rule.
Previously, OSHA regulations required such reports to be filed only if three or more workers were killed or hospitalized while on the job, and reporting single hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye was not required.
I’ll be following up on this story in the newsletters, and I’d like to know how this will affect your facilities. Will you be doing anything different? Are you for it or against it? And will this new rule make the healthcare workplace any safer?