By Nan­cy Bourque
HR Prac­tice Leader at Unit­ed Ben­e­fit Advisors

WorkplaceSafetyThe Occu­pa­tion­al Safe­ty and Health Admin­is­tra­tion (OSHA) has issued sweep­ing changes to record-keep­ing and report­ing rules. Start­ing in 2017, employ­ers with as few as 20 employ­ees may be required to elec­tron­i­cal­ly report work­place injuries and ill­ness­es on an annu­al basis, and the infor­ma­tion from those reports will be search­able, by employ­er name, by any mem­ber of the public.

Are you a cov­ered employer?

Deter­mine if you are a busi­ness with 20 or more employ­ees that is con­sid­ered “high risk”:

  • The list includes most retail­ers, care facil­i­ties, trans­porta­tion ser­vices, home deliv­ery ser­vices, muse­ums and his­tor­i­cal sites, and spe­cial­ty food services.
  • The com­plete list can be found on the OSHA web­site

If you are not “high risk,” deter­mine if you have at least 250 employees:

  • Head­count for OSHA means “the num­ber of paid work­ers, includ­ing full time, part time and sea­son­al, assigned at any time dur­ing the last cal­en­dar year.”
  • Con­tract work­ers, if super­vised by the host com­pa­ny, are includ­ed when record­ing injuries and illnesses.
  • Head­count is cal­cu­lat­ed by site, not as a com­pa­ny total

If you are a cov­ered employ­er, request UBA’s Com­pli­ance Advi­sor, “OSHA Report­ing Changes: Employ­er Check­list” for a step-by-step guide to review­ing your employ­ee com­mu­ni­ca­tions, poli­cies, hand­books and incen­tive pro­grams for com­pli­ance. From OSHA posters, to drug and dis­ci­pline poli­cies, to incen­tive pro­grams that may deter acci­dent report­ing, make sure you are ready for the changes.

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