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OSHA UPDATE: NEW REPORTING REQUIREMENTS START JANUARY 1.

OSHA Posting     Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.

Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.

The updated reporting requirements are not simply paperwork but have a life-saving purpose: they will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.

Employers have three options for reporting these severe incidents to OSHA. They can call their nearest area office during normal business hours, call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742), or they can report online at www.osha.gov/report_online. For more information and resources, including a new YouTube video, visit OSHA’s webpage on the updated reporting requirements.

*Employers under Federal OSHA’s jurisdiction must begin reporting by January 1. Establishments in a state with a State run OSHA program should contact their state plan for the implementation date.

Request a free safety consultation
Employers can discover the potential hazards at their work sites and improve safety and health practices.

Get SHARP - join the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program
Qualifying small businesses can receive exemptions from OSHA inspections.

Get your Safety Program into SHAPE
The Division of Industrial Safety and Health is excited to begin recognizing safety conscience employers and employees in the public sector. The SHAPE (Safety and Health Award for Public Employees) program is designed for those public sector entities whose employees have not had a lost-time accident for a specific number of consecutive days.

Public Employer Services
If you are a public service employee in any of the following organizations: City, County, State, USD, University, Community College, Water District, or any other public municipality, the Division of Industrial Safety and Health has services available for you.

Amusement park ride regulations
Information about Kansas regulation of amusement rides.

Get accident prevention information
By law, Kansas Workers Compensation providers must provide safety services to those they insure.

Year-end Accident Prevention Report
Information about why and how workers compensation insurance companies or group funded self-insurance plans file a year-end report.

Workplace Safety Training:

Check out a training video
Borrow training videos on safety and health issues.

Annual Safety and Health Conference
Topics cover a variety of workplace safety issues.

LOOK WHO'S SHARP

The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) provides incentives and support to small, high-hazard employers to work with their employees to develop, implement and continuously improve the effectiveness of their workplace safety and health programs. A listing of Kansas SHARP companies is found here.

SHARP ASSOCIATION
Companies that have qualified for SHARP can participate in the SHARP Association. This self-governing group serves members by networking about workplace safety and mentoring one another through idea sharing. For more information on the Kansas SHARP Association click here.
 

A SHARP presentation was held for Flame Engineering Inc. of Lacrosse for reaching 13 years with no lost time accidents. Lost time accidents implies a non-fatal accident that causes any loss of time from work. KDOL Secretary Lana Gordon presented company officials a certificate during a special ceremony attended by management and staff members. Flame Engineering has been part of the Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) company since October of 2000, a designation which remains in effect today.

Flame Award Recipients

Resources:

Kansas Safety & Health Distracted Driving
PowerPoint presented by David Teater, Senior Director, National Safety Council, at the 65th Industrial Safety and Health conference - 2014.

Core Safety Guidelines
Basic rules for a safer workplace.

Steps to a Safe Workplace
Make your workplace safer and healthier.

Links to Regulating Bodies
Quick links to safety and health organizations.

Kansas Safety Statutes

Sample Safety Programs:
Contact us at: (785) 296-4386 for work safety programs and accident prevention.

Midwest OSHA Education Center
Barton Community College
www.bartonsafety.com
(855) 509-3376

Thank you speaker Andy Addison for volunteering to step up at the last minute at the Annual Safety and Health Conference last week. He presented an exciting motivational speech for the attendees when one of the scheduled speakers was unable to attend. An hour later, as previous scheduled, he was the keynote speaker to bring the conference to a fabulous close.      Andy Addison