Review of OSHA Regulations

Jason Baggett, TNRMT

March, 2016

New OSHA requirements that will affect all TNRMT members are listed below.

Changes in New OSHA (TOSHA Reporting Requirements)

Under the new regulations, employers are now required to report to OSHA if the following occurs:

  1. All work related fatalities must be reported within 8 hours
  2. All hospitalizations (an employee is admitted to the hospital)
  3. Amputations and/or the loss of an eye within 24 after an incident occurs

In the past you only had to report hospitalizations if there were 3 or more employees involved. Employers were also not required to report amputations or eye loss incidents. OSHA and TOSHA now state fatalities include workers who die within 30 days of the incident.

What is considered a hospitalization?

Under OSHA and TOSHA's new rule a hospitalization is defined as admission to a hospital for medical care or treatment. If a worker is hospitalized for the sole purpose of diagnostics or observation, employers are not required to report that to OSHA or TOSHA. Additionally, only hospitalizations that occur within one day of the incident must be reported.

Industry Expansion

Information that will be required to OSHA if the above applies:

Reporting: Hospitalization, Amputation, or Loss of an Eye

In-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye must be reported to Tennessee OSHA if the loss or admission to the hospital occurs within 24 hours of the work-related incident.

You can report these events to Tennessee OSHA by:

  1. Completing this online report (Preferred Method)
  2. Calling Tennessee OSHA's main office at 1-800-249-8510 or by calling the national OSHA call service at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) (after hours).
  3. Calling your closest TOSHA Area Office during normal business hours.

For additional information on TOSHA reporting, please visit http://www.tennessee.gov/workforce/topic/tosha-accident-reporting

Please contact your Loss Control Specialist with any questions on this or any other safety and/or loss prevention topic:

East TN
Jason Baggett - (865) 850-4995
jbaggett@tnrmt.com

Middle TN
Chris Stites - (615) 289-4101
cstites@sectn.com

West TN
Mark Bilyeu - (615) 210-7827
mbilyeu@sectn.com