OSHA’s recordkeeping rule requires employers to record and report certain work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses, and provides employers a system for tracking workplace incidents.
Which recordkeeping requirements apply to me?
Reporting fatalities and catastrophes: Under a final rule, all employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (P.L. 91-596) must notify OSHA of all work-related fatalities within 8 hours, and of all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Keeping injury and illness records: The final rule also updated the list of industries that, due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates, are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep injury and illness records. The rule maintains the exemption for any employer with 10 or fewer employees—regardless of its industry classification—from the requirement to routinely keep records of worker injuries and illnesses.
In addition, the following establishments are now required to electronically submit information from their OSHA recordkeeping forms to OSHA:
- Establishments with 250 or more employees; and
- Establishments in certain designated industries with 20-249 employees.
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How can I tell if I am exempt?
OSHA has released a list of industries that, due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates, are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep injury and illness records.