CHICAGO, Feb. 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MSDSonline, the leader in cloud-based EHS compliance solutions, announced today that it has published a new infographic outlining recent updates to OSHA's Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Standard (29 CFR 1904). The infographic, which includes decision trees for determining if a workplace incident is reportable and/or recordable, can be downloaded at no cost by HR and safety professionals at https://info.msdsonline.com/OSHA-Recordkeeping-Cheat-Sheet_Offer.html.
OSHA instituted new injury and illness reporting rules on January 1, 2015. Employers in the U.S. are now required to report to OSHA within 24 hours any workplace accident that results in an inpatient hospitalization, amputation or eye loss. Employers are still required to report workplace fatalities within eight hours of finding out about them.
"January is always a big month for OSHA Recordkeeping because of the February 1 deadline, which requires non-exempt employers to post their summary of injuries and illnesses for the previous year using OSHA Form 300A," said P.J. Schoeny, product manager for Incident Management at MSDSonline. "This year, January brought with it even more Recordkeeping Standard obligations, but this time on the reporting side, and the changes affect every employer."
Beyond reporting rules changing in January, OSHA also adjusted the industry codes used to determine which industries are covered by the recording requirements of the Recordkeeping Standard. Previously, Standard Industrial Codes (SIC) were used to identify non-exempt employers. Going forward, OSHA will be identifying exempt and non-exempt employers using North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). This change has resulted in some industries and employers losing exemption status, and others gaining exemption status. Visit OSHA.gov for a full list of covered industries.
In addition to the infographic, MSDSonline has a suite of cloud-based tools to help employers manage OSHA Recordkeeping responsibilities and for managing incidents and near misses in the workplace. For employers with enterprise-level incident management, risk analysis and change management needs, MSDSonline acquired EHS management leader KMI last fall, through which it offers a comprehensive suite of EHS management, tracking and reporting solutions.
To learn more about MSDSonline's Recordkeeping Standard solution, visit www.msdsonline.com or call toll-free 1.888.362.2007 from the United States and Canada.
Founded in 1996 and based in Chicago, MSDSonline is a leading provider of cloud-based EH&S compliance solutions, offering products and services for managing safety data sheets, reporting workplace incidents, training employees and administering other critical EH&S information. The company's mission is to provide sustainable solutions that help customers improve employee safety, streamline compliance recordkeeping and reduce potential exposures to workplace hazards and risks. MSDSonline has been recognized for six years on Inc. magazine's list of America's 5,000 fastest-growing private companies. More information is available online at www.MSDSonline.com and on the official company blog at www.MSDSonline.com/blog. MSDSonline is an Actua (Nasdaq:ACTA) company.