For employers under federal jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), New Year’s means more than just making resolutions; employers will also need to comply with new reporting requirements going into effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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.

There will be three options for employers to report. They will be able to call their nearest area office during normal business hours, using the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742), or they can report online.

OSHA has also updated the list of industries required to keep injury and illness records, meaning more companies will be required to report and keep injury and illness records. Fortunately, we at Personnel Concepts have created the perfect compliance companion for these new reporting requirements. Get a copy of our OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Compliance Kit, which is brand new and up to date with all the expanded requirements.