OSHA’s injury and illness recordkeeping rule (CFR 1904) has been revised and the new rule took effect January 1, 2015. The two sections of revision of most impact are the reporting subpart and appendix list of exempt industries. The new rule now requires employers to report fatalities within 8 hours of finding out about it, hospitalizations of one or more employees (previously it was three or more), and new to the rule is the requirement for reporting all work related amputations and all work related losses of an eye. An OSHA fact sheet on the complete rule revisions is available at: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/OSHA3744.pdf.
Another change that occurred within the revised 1904 rule is that OSHA updated the list of industries that are exempt from maintaining the injury and illness records. The updated list still includes the exemption for employers with ten or fewer employees from having to maintain these records unless requested. The new list can be found at: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=12791.
“Implementation of a Worksite Wellness Program Targeting Small Businesses: The Pinnacol Assurance Health Risk Management Study,” published in the January 2105 Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, concluded that small companies were a suitable target for the introduction of health promotion programs. This study, funded by Pinnacol Assurance, a Colorado based provider of workers’ compensation insurance, suggests that companies of all sizes may be turning to workplace wellness programs to control costs of both health insurance and workers’ compensation. The article’s author indicated that wellness programs should be tailored to the needs of specific companies. Variables to consider include the nature of the employees’ work tasks, the location of the facility, and whether employees are full time, part time, or work on shifts. For more information on this article, contact email@example.com.
It’s that time of year again where employers need to remember to post the summary form (OSHA 300A) between Feb. 1st and April 30th. Form OSHA 300A is the summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred the previous year and is compiled from the OSHA log form 300.
US EPA estimates that about 5,000 facilities will be impacted by the Agency's final rule, which among other things establishes four mandatory legitimacy crtieria. The goal of this final rule is to allow eligible spent materials to qualify for exemptions under hazardous waste regulations. Adoption of the legitimacy criteria grants US EPA a greater, up front role in verifiying the legitimacy of third party recyclers. Companies and recyclers will need to demonstrate the following mandatory critieria:
- makes a useful contribution to the recycling process
- produces a valuable product
- is managed as a valuable commodity
- is comparable to a legitmate product
As this final rule is considered a deregulatory action, states will be required to adopt their own rules and regulations to take advantage of this final rule. SGIA will keep the industry updated as this rule moves forward.
A new Letter of Interpretation (LOI) dated 12/16/14 has been issued by OSHA. This LOI is timely because it clarifies the two new "reportable injuries": amputation and loss of an eye. An amputation, for OSHA reporting purposes, is defined under section 1904.39(b)(11); however, "loss of an eye" had a lot of us wondering what that means. OSHA says "Loss of an eye" is the physical removal of the eye, including enucleation and evisceration. Loss of sight without the removal of the eye is NOT (emphasis added) reportable under the requirements of section 1904.39. A case involving loss of sight that results in the in-patient hospitalization of the worker within 24 hours of the work-related incident is reportable.
Amputation is defined as the traumatic loss of a limb or other external body part. Amputations include a part, such as a limb or appendage, that has been severed, cut off, amputated (either completely or partially); fingertip amputations with or without bone loss; medical amputations resulting from irreparable damage; amputations of body parts that have since been reattached. Amputations do not include avulsions, enucleations, deglovings, scalpings, severed ears, or broken or chipped teeth. REMEMBER: Reportable amputations do NOT need to include bone loss.