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OSHA updates recordkeeping rule

September 26, 2014 Washington — OSHA announced updates to its recordkeeping rule that take effect Jan. 1, 2015. All OSHA-covered employers will be required to comply with the new severe injury and illness reporting rule, even those with 10 or fewer employees exempt from maintaining injury and illness records.

Under the revised rule at osha.gov, employers will be required to notify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of work-related fatalities within eight hours and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, OSHA's regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required.

Starting on Jan. 1, 2015, offices of dentists will be partially exempt from OSHA recordkeeping requirements.