OSHA in 2015: What to Expect in Enforcement, Regulation, and California

Bloomberg BNA's Occupational Health and Safety Reporter

Valerie Butera, Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, and Alka N. Ramchandani, Associate in the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm’s San Francisco office, authored an article in Bloomberg BNA’s Occupational Health and Safety Reporter, titled “OSHA in 2015: What to Expect in Enforcement, Regulation and California.”

Following is an excerpt (see below to download a PDF of the full article):

OSHA has announced that it plans to continue its current practice of conducting fewer inspections than it has in years past, but targeting industries and worksites with the highest injury and illness rates, as it did in 2014. The agency has developed a robust strategic plan to aid in reaching that goal.

Major Changes to Reporting Rules. A major new weapon in the agency’s targeted enforcement arsenal is a revised set of occupational injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, all employers must promptly report fatalities and certain serious injuries and illnesses to OSHA. Specifically, employers must report to OSHA any work-related fatality within eight hours of learning of the event, and must inform OSHA within 24 hours of learning of any work-related loss of an eye, amputation or in-patient hospitalization. Employers have always been required to quickly report work-related fatalities and hospitalizations of three or more employees to OSHA, but the new requirements regarding the immediate report of single hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye will enable OSHA to quickly identify worksites for inspections that it might not have identified before. In the past, regulated employers were required to record such incidents, but not immediately required to report them to OSHA.