New OSHA Reporting Rules Take Effect Jan. 1 | Construction News

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Employers will 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 out about them.

OSHA will be on Twitter from 1-2 p.m., EST, Dec. 11, 2014, to answer questions about the new reporting requirements. Interested people can ask questions and follow the conversation using the hashtag #Reporting2015.

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 will help employers and workers prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.

Employers have three options for reporting the 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 report online at

For more information and resources, visit OSHA's web page on the updated reporting requirements and watch OSHA’s new YouTube video, where Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, explains the new reporting requirements.

To Recap:

Starting January 1, 2015, all employers must report:

Within 8 hours, work-related

  • Fatalities

Within 24 hours, work-related

  • In-patient hospitalizations
  • Amputations
  • Losses of an eye  

How to Report