The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a new online tool called the OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor to help employers understand their responsibilities to report and record work-related injuries and illnesses under the OSHA regulations.
The OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor is written in plain language and is intended to help employers, especially small business employers, determine:
- Whether an injury or illness (or related event) is work-related;
- Whether an event or exposure at home or on travel is work-related;
- Whether an exception applies to the injury or illness;
- Whether a work-related injury or illness needs to be recorded; and
- Which provisions of the regulations apply when recording a work-related case.
The Advisor presents various questions and relies on employer responses to determine the appropriate course of action. Please note that some employers may be exempt from OSHA's recordkeeping rules, for example those with 10 or fewer employees during the previous calendar year and those classified in specific industries . Employers in states with OSHA-approved state plans should contact their states for information on state-specific exemptions.
For more information on OSHA's recordkeeping requirements, please visit the HR360 Safety & Wellness— OSHA Recordkeeping section.