OSHA Update 9.15.2014

New OSHA requirements for reporting severe injuries and exempt industries

OSHA has announced a revised rule for reporting employee deaths and injuries requiring hospitalization. “Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule.”

Millions in OSHA grants for health and safety

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today awarded $10,687,000 through the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program to 78 non-profit organizations, including community- and faith-based groups, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor-management associations, and colleges and universities.

“The Susan Harwood Training Program provides thousands of workers and employers with hands-on, critical health and safety training to reduce occupational injuries,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “The federal grants awarded today will provide workers and employers in some of the most dangerous industries with important tools to identify and eliminate hazards.”