Beginning with every new year there are changes in compliance that employers need to be aware of. One of the more common changes is using the new W4 form. However, this year there are also two changes to OSHA recordkeeping requirements.
The first change is to the list of exempt industries. This list is periodically updated and industries with relatively low occupational injury and illness rates may receive exemption. This list may be found at https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/ppt1/RK1exempttable.html.
The second change adds to the list of severe work-related injuries. All work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of eye must now be reported within 24 hours.
Employers with 10 or fewer employees are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping, but all other employers without an exemption are expected to adopt these changes starting back on January 1, 2015. To learn more about OSHA and what your obligations are, please visit https://www.osha.gov.