Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration has changed the requirement for how long employers need to report an employee work-related injury involving amputation, loss of an eye, or in-patient hospitalization. Employers must now report those injuries within 24 hours of the incident. This new act will take effect January 1, 2016.
Work place fatalities still have to be reported within eight hours of the incident.
Michigan’s change is in keeping with the federal OSHA regulation that changed earlier this year to include the reporting of amputations and loss of an eye. One of the requirements for a state’s using their own Occupational Safety and Health Act is that they must be at least as effective as federal standards. Employers in a state that has its own OSH Act should make sure they are in compliance with reporting requirements.
Employers within states that are under Federal OSHA should have begun compliance to this new requirement January 1, 2015.