Effective January 1, 2015, new requirements from the federal Occupational Standards and Health Administration (OSHA) will be in place for reporting workplace injuries and hospitalizations.
States like Michigan operating their own OSHA program must promulgate standards which are at least as effective as the federal standards within six months of their publication in the Federal Register. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) announced on its website that they intend to adopt the new federal rules by reference.
Under the new rule, employers would be required to report the following incidents to MIOSHA:
- All work-related fatalities within 8 hours;
- All work-related in-patient hospitalizations of one or more employees within 24 hours;
- All work-related amputations within 24 hours;
- All work-related losses of an eye within 24 hours.
Previously, employers were required to report work-related casualties and hospitalizations of three or more employees to MIOSHA within 8 hours.
The new rule still maintains an exemption for any employer with 10 or fewer workers from the requirement to maintain records using the OSHA 300 log. The new rule will also update the list of employers and industries that are partially exempt.
View the the partially exempt industries: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/ppt1/RK1exempttable.html
New Industries Added
The revised record keeping rules require 25 new industries to keep injury and illness records: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/reporting_industries.html
New to record keeping injuries and illnesses?
Those businesses new to logging injuries and illnesses can check out the OSHA website for tutorials: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/tutorial.html.
More information can be found on the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulator Affairs website: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61256_11407-337616–,00.html