New guidance from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to report a work-related COVID-19 employee death within eight hours of learning about it. It also said employers must report in-patient hospitalizations related to workplace COVID-19 exposure to OSHA if the hospitalization “occurs within twenty-four (24) hours of the work-related incident.
U.S. Department of Labor Issues Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
About Reporting Work-Related Cases of the Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published additional frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) regarding the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities resulting from work-related cases of the coronavirus.
OSHA’s new FAQs provide information to help employers apply the agency’s existing injury and illness recording and reporting requirements to the coronavirus. In particular, the FAQs provide guidance on how to calculate reporting deadlines for in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities, and clarify the meaning of the term “incident” as it relates to work-related coronavirus in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities.
Based on guidance contained in the updated FAQs, OSHA is withdrawing its citation against Winder Nursing Inc. in Winder, Georgia.
These FAQs are the latest effort by OSHA to provide employers and employees with more information about how it will enforce its standards and regulations during the pandemic. OSHA has also previously published revised enforcement guidance detailing how OSHA will enforce the recordkeeping requirements of 29 CFR 1904 for employee coronavirus illnesses for all employers.
Visit OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage for further information and resources about the coronavirus.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
New OSHA Requirement for Employers on COVID-19 Notice Courtesy of NJBAC NJ Connections October 9, 2020 Edition