January 2015

Happy 2015!

Once again It brings me great pleasure to announce the return of G&G’s News Letter. I will be updating you each month with the most current up to date events surrounding safety, compliance and special events in your industry. Lets begin with this months topic, Fed OSHA recording keeping and reporting requirements. 

As of Jan. 1, 2015 private-sector employers nationwide face stricter reporting requirements for on-the-job injuries. Previously, employers were required to notify the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration of all workplace fatalities, or when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.

The new OSHA rules require employers to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours and all inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of learning about it. The reporting requirements will apply “to virtually all private-sector workplaces.”

Who Keeps Records

Under OSHA's record-keeping regulation, certain covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 Log. This information is important for employers, workers and OSHA in evaluating the safety of a workplace, understanding industry hazards, and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards.

However, there are two classes of employers that are partially exempt from routinely keeping injury and illness records.  First, employers with ten or fewer employees at all times during the previous calendar year are exempt from routinely keeping OSHA injury and illness records.  OSHA's revised recordkeeping regulation maintains this exemption.

Second, establishments in certain low-hazard industries are also partially exempt from routinely keeping OSHA injury and illness records. Starting on January 1, 2015, there will be a new list of industries that will be partially exempt from keeping OSHA records. For most of you reading this

Click:  New list of industries exempt from OSHA record keeping requirements

Click:  Am I required to prepare and maintain records under the new rule?

Click: What forms do I need to complete?

NOW! You may be asking yourself….has Cal/OSHA changed their reporting requirements? 

The answer is NO. However, for your convenience I have provided you the regulation link and info: http://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/342.html

(a) Every employer shall report immediately by telephone or telegraph to the nearest District Office of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health any serious injury or illness, or death, of an employee occurring in a place of employment or in connection with any employment. 

Immediately means as soon as practically possible but not longer than 8 hours after the employer knows or with diligent inquiry would have known of the death or serious injury or illness. If the employer can demonstrate that exigent circumstances exist, the time frame for the report may be made no longer than 24 hours after the incident. 

Serious injury or illness is defined in section 330(h), Title 8, California Administrative Code. 

(b) Whenever a state, county, or local fire or police agency is called to an accident involving an employee covered by this part in which a serious injury, or illness, or death occurs, the nearest office of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health shall be notified by telephone immediately by the responding agency.

I look forward to your comments, questions and even topics you would like to see in this years news letters.

Here’s wishing you a New Year filled with Peace, Joy, Health and Happiness!