“I tell my staff that if all they do is enforcement and change what goes on in the workplaces that they inspect, then they failed because we inspect only 40,000 workplaces a year.” Rather than inspecting every worksite reporting a hospitalization or amputation, the agency intends to use the new rule to open a dialogue with employers.
This will include OSHA providing employers with resources and information for onsite consultations, as well as introducing employers to the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program.
Figuring out how to classify injuries from a fall to trigger reporting would be more challenging, Frumin said.
Which injuries would be the trigger – broken back, broken leg, sprained ankle, jammed finger or all of the above?
Reporting revisions For Dave Heidorn, manager of government affairs and policy at the American Society of Safety Engineers in Des Plaines, IL, requiring employers to report amputations to OSHA brings up the question: “Why are we focused on amputations?
” Although amputations are serious, other types of injuries may be more common and more deserving of reporting to OSHA, Heidorn said.
The rule replaces the Standard Industrial Classification system, currently used to determine exempt industries, with the newer North American Industry Classification System.
Many of these establishments would be small businesses, the Chamber added, even though OSHA did not host a small-business advocacy review panel to take direct comment from this community.NAICS update Perhaps one of the least controversial changes in the final rule is OSHA’s move from the Standard Industrial Classification system to the newer North American Industry Classification System.NAICS is the standard system used by most government databases, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau.Giving employers hazard-abatement resources after an incident could provide a “teachable moment” and help prevent future – and possibly deadlier – incidents from occurring, Michaels claimed.“We’ve had too many incidences where we go into a workplace after a referral or a fatality, and we’ve discovered that there were two or three serious injuries that same year that we didn’t know about,” he said.