OSHA moves to update recordkeeping and reporting requirements for low-risk industries

Today's post comes from G.Neil's HR News Weekly:

A recent proposal by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would exclude certain low-risk industries from injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements. In consideration of the proposal, OSHA is seeking input on questions such as:

=> Which industry sectors, if any, should be ineligible for partial exemption?
=> Should OSHA consider numbers of workers injured or made ill in each industry in addition to industry injury/illness rates in determining eligibility for partial exemption?
=> Should OSHA regularly update the list of lower-hazard exempted industries? If so, how frequently should the list be updated?

In addition to considering a list of "lower-hazard" industries eligible for partial exemption, OSHA is proposing that employers report all work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations within eight hours (and amputations within 24 hours). Currently, employers only have to report these incidents if they involve three or more employees. 

OSHA is accepting comments and feedback on the proposed changes through September 20, 2011.

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