Michigan OSHA updates regulations for when employers must report work place injuries
On Wednesday the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced changes to when an employer must notify the Administration of employee injuries.
Under the previous Health and Safety Act, employers had to notify of work related, in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees within eight hours of the incident.
The new act, which goes into effect on January 1, 2016, requires employers to report any work-related amputation, loss of an eye, or in-patient hospitalization of any employee within 24 hours of the incident.
Michigan has it’s own Occupational Safety and Health Act, but one of the requirements for state’s using their own is that they must be at least as effective as federal standards. The federal OSHA changed earlier this year to include the reporting of amputations and loss of an eye.
Employers can go to the MIOSHA recordkeeping website to report an in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye incident, or call the new injury report line at 844.464.6742.
This system should not be used for reporting work-related fatalities. All work-related fatalities must still be reported within eight hours to the current fatality line: 800.858.0397.
Additional record keeping information, including general guidelines, forms and FAQs is available on the MIOSHA website at www.michigan.gov/recordkeeping.