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Will OSHA reporting rule make hospitals safer?

Hospital Safety Insider, May 14, 2015

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A new OSHA rule that requires employers to report more worker injuries has safety experts wondering if it makes the situation better.

Under the rule change that went into effect January 1, employers with more than more than 250 workers (including hospitals) will be required to report all injuries that require inpatient hospitalizations within 24 hours. In addition, any amputations or loss of an eye will also need to be reported. All workplace fatalities will need to be reported within eight hours.

Previously, only workplace fatalities and incidents that required hospitalizations of three or more workers at a time were considered reportable, but with statistics showing that healthcare workers suffer some of the largest numbers of injuries in any industry, OSHA has been under pressure to keep better records and to make workplaces more accountable.

Employers have always been required to track injuries by filling out OSHA 300 forms and keeping them on file. The new rule change, however, represents a shift in the way OSHA keeps track of workplace injuries—notably, injuries that once were considered minor now will need to be reported. In addition, there is a new online reporting form that allows employers to report injuries and fatalities over the Internet—and it allows OSHA to track injuries in real time and make records of them publicly available.

This is an excerpt from an article in Briefings on Hospital Safety. Visit here to log in or subscribe.

 



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