Illinois Work Comp and OSHA Reporting
Confused about all the federal workplace safety reporting and recordkeeping rules and regulations? You aren't alone. Many employers report difficulty in navigating the arcane labyrinth of federal regulation when it comes to the reportability of workplace incidents. Why? Because of the gray area surrounding the process. Some industries have more extensive requirements than others. Some kinds of businesses have certain exemptions. And there is natural gray area around definitions, too: If an employee clocks out, but is injured in a vehicle accident while still in the company parking lot, then how is that treated for the purposes of workplace safety reporting requirements?
Fortunately, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration is sensitive to those concerns. After all, confused employers complicate their jobs, too.
That's why they recently rolled out an online reporting tool, designed specifically to help employers and workplace safety professionals navigate the reporting requirements.
The online OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor is designed to help businesses quickly and easily identify their reporting requirements. Specifically, the online tool is designed to determine the following:
- 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.
- Which provisions of the regulations apply when recording a work-related injury or illness.
In some circumstances, use of the Recordkeeping Advisor can eliminate the need for hours of research by your staff on OSHA reporting requirements and how they apply.
Employers can access the OSHA Record Keeping Advisor at www.dol.gov/elaws/OSHARecordkeeping.htm.
The online tool doesn't change any rules - it simply makes them more accessible to busy employers. The existing requirements and exemptions still apply. According to the Department of Labor, employers with 10 employees or fewer during the previous calendar year are still generally exempt from the OSHA reporting requirements, as are those in some specially designated industries. For specifics, see OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1904.1-3. and 29 CFR 1904.3 and Appendix A.
Some states have OSHA-approved state reporting requirements, so check with your state's department of labor or department of workforce development as well for more details. You'll also want to keep the OSHA Recordkeeping Handbook close at hand as well.