OSHA issues updated memorandum on injury and illness reporting requirements

Document replaces 2014 interim procedures

Posted March 18, 2016

OSHA recently issued a memorandum regarding revised interim enforcement procedures for reporting requirements under 29 CFR 1904.39, reporting fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye as a result of work-related incidents to OSHA.

The memorandum provides updated internal guidance and procedures for the Area Offices to enforce the reporting requirements. Among other things, the memo updates the procedures for the intake of reports from employers, data collection and sorting; and entry of data in the OSHA Information System (OIS).

Revisions in the memorandum include additional guidance on:

  • Requesting more information from the employer when conducting a Rapid Response Investigation (RRI);
  • A safe harbor provision for employers who conduct internal investigations during the RRI;
  • Monitoring inspections of closed RRIs;
  • Increased penalties for failure to report;
  • Updated fill-in Appendices; and
  • A flow chart for coding.

The revised enforcement procedures replace the December 2014 interim procedures.

Read the entire memorandum for more details.


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