It can be hard for businesses to determine which regulatory events will directly affect how they do business. That’s why I’ve put together a list of the Top 5 OHS regulatory events on the immediate horizon business leaders as well as OHS managers and staff need to know about.
Yesterday we talked about a proposed rule to add MSD to OSHA injury reporting forms. Here’s the next issue in our Top 5:
3. Changes to injury and illness recordkeeping rules:
Businesses across the U.S. are already acquainted with OSHA Form 300 logs, reports generated on a monthly and annual basis that list all work-related injuries and illnesses.
Though thousands of businesses currently maintain these records, many industries have been exempt. But since OSHA is moving from the old Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system to the more widely used North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), many previously exempt industries will be required to report workplace injuries and illnesses in accordance with Form 300 and 300A requirements.
Additionally, employers to report work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations within eight hours of occurrence, and all work-related amputations (which don’t have to be reported currently) within 24 hours.
Stakeholders have been given until the end of September to comment, but a final rule will likely be issued before the end of the year.