American Occupational Safety and Health Administration introduces new reporting method
In the US the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has introduced a new form of reporting regarding work related injuries. In the new guidelines the OSHA has stated that employers must notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job, suffers from a hospitalization or the amputation of a body part. Under the previous guidelines employers only had to report incidents that involved more than three members of staff. This essentially meant that if only one employee suffered an injury it didn’t have to be reported.
The new guidelines will go into effect on the 1st January 2015 for any employer with staff levels over 10 employees. This new form of reporting goes some way in highlighting the need to completely eradicate work place injuries. With the new system the OSHA will also be introducing a new form of reporting which will include an online portal system in which employers can directly report incidents. There will also be direct communications utilised by phone.
Currently OSHA has a list of industries which must conform to these new guidelines however they have updated the list to exempt industries that have low occupational injury and illness rates. With the introduction of these guidelines along with direct communication relating to the reports it does represent the OSHA’s determination to make this a priority.
The US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez commented with the following “Workplace injuries and fatalities are absolutely preventable, and these new requirements will help OSHA focus its resources and hold employers accountable for preventing them”. This comment was made following Labor statistics that 4,405 workers were killed on the job in the 2013.
It has been noted that this new system will not mean that investigators are instantly sent to businesses who report injuries. Instead the system will be used to highlight areas of concern such as certain workplaces or specific injuries. This form of report is highly warranted in today’s modern industries where injuries should be kept to an extreme minimum. By analysing the data of certain industries and the injuries found within these areas this will allow the OSHA to take appropriate action and introduce procedures to prevent future work related injuries.
In the UK the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) currently use the Riddor reporting system which means that any injury from the workplace that causes the employee to not be able to perform everyday work duties for over seven days must be reported. This report must be made within 15 days. While this system still addresses the issue of injuries in the workplace the OSHA reporting system promotes a more efficient and speedier system that should be applied globally to prevent workplace injuries.
 “OSHA Revises Workers Injury Reporting Requirements” Claims Journal, http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2014/09/12/254596.htm
 “OSHA strengthens reporting requirements for injuries” Katherine Lymn, The Jamestown Sun, http://www.jamestownsun.com/content/osha-strengthens-reporting-requirements-injuries-1