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New OSHA Interpretation Letter Explains Reporting Rule for Amputations and Eye

The new reporting rule (29 C.F.R. 1904.39) became effective January 1, 2015, requiring employers to notify OSHA within 24 hours if a worker suffers an on-the-job amputation or the loss of an eye or if one or more workers are admitted for inpatient care at a hospital.   OSHA issued an interpretation letter dated December 16, 2014, explaining the definitions of “amputation” and “loss of eye” relative to the new reporting requirements.  If the diagnosis of a medical professional is avulsion, the event does not need to be reported.  The employer should rely on the diagnosis of the medical professional.  The loss of an eye is defined as the physical removal of the eye.  Loss of sight without the removal of the eye does not need to be reported.  The letter of interpretation can be found here.   For further information on the new reporting requirement or other work place safety issues, please contact a member of our labor and employment section.

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