OSHA Update: New Reporting Requirements Start January 1

Posted December 19, 2014

In support of its alliance with OSHA, AIHA® provides the following information from the agency about its new reporting requirements:

Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident.

Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.

The updated reporting requirements are not simply paperwork but have a life-saving purpose: they will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.

Employers have three options for reporting these severe incidents to OSHA. They can call their nearest area office during normal business hours, call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742), or they can report online at www.osha.gov/report_online.  For more information and resources, including a new YouTube video, visit OSHA’s webpage on the updated reporting requirements.

*Employers under Federal OSHA’s jurisdiction must begin reporting by January 1.  Establishments in a state with a State run OSHA program should contact their state plan for the implementation date. 


AIHA and OSHA renewed their alliance agreement on May 21, 2013. This extended relationship between AIHA and OSHA will encourage training, education, outreach, and communication and promote national dialogue on workplace safety and health. The agreement was originally signed on Oct. 2, 2002. For more information, visit the AIHA-OSHA Alliance Web page.