OSHA recently published a final rule that changes the employer injury reporting requirements established in OSHA regulation 1904, Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The revised rule expands the list of severe work-related inuries that employers are required to report to include all work-related hospitalizations, amputations, and the loss of an eye. These injuries, which previously were not required to be reported unless three or more workers were hospitalized as a result of a single incident, must now be reported to OSHA within 24 hours. The revised rule also retains the current requirement that all work-related fatalities be reported within 8 hours.
The changes become enforceable on January 1, 2015, for those states under federal OSHA jurisdiction, including Colorado.