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Safety & Health
Director: David Mullen

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New OSHA requirements go into effect January 1, 2015 for reporting work-related fatalities and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye.

Beginning Jan. 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.

On Dec. 11, OSHA held a conversation on Twitter to answer questions about the new reporting requirements going into effect at the beginning of the new year. Some of the most frequently asked questions are discussed in a blog by Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.

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 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 will be able to report online at www.osha.gov/report_online. For more information and resources, visit OSHA's Web page on the updated reporting requirements and watch OSHA’s new YouTube video, where Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, explains the new reporting requirements. 

Starting January 1, 2015:
All employers* must report: 
  • All work-related fatalities within 8 hours

Within 24 hours, all work-related

  • Inpatient hospitalizations
  • Amputations
  • Losses of an eye 

How to Report Incident

*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.

About the Safety & Health Department:

The Safety and Health Department is assigned responsibilities related to safety and health involving all trade jurisdictions of the IBEW.  The department’s primary focus is occupational safety, although home, community, and personal safety and health issues frequently require departmental attention.
Regular department duties include:

    • maintaining a database of IBEW member related on-the-job accidents, including reporting significant accident trends to OSHA and other government agencies

Local unions are required to report serious lost time accidents and fatalities using the web based accident reporting system


    • processing IBEW Life Saving Awards submitted by local unions
    • representing IBEW interests on national consensus committees relevant to IBEW member safety and health such as the National Safety Council, ANSI & NFPA
    • serve as the liaison for the IBEW to OSHA, MSHA, FAA and other government agencies responsible for safety and health matters affecting IBEW members
    • coordinate common safety and health interests with the AFL-CIO, the Building and Construction Trades, and affiliated unions
    • coordinate safety and health issue with others departments in the International Office
    • responding to local union requests associated with safety and health topics

IBEW Safety Caucus

The IBEW convenes an exclusive IBEW-only safety caucus twice yearly. Both meetings are held in conjunction with the National Safety Council Labor Division’s regularly scheduled meetings - first in the spring, and again in the fall. The spring meeting program is set for one and a half days, and because of time constraints the fall meeting program is scheduled for one day. The safety caucus provides the 100-plus IBEW members that regularly attend the caucus necessary time to discuss issues that are critical in furthering occupational safety and health for IBEW members. 

International President Hill continues to affirm the commitment from his office to the future of the caucus, and directs delegates to align their focus toward an advisory role to the international office on safety matters affecting IBEW members.

For more information about the meetings or the NSC, you may contact IBEW Safety Caucus Chairperson Twana McFann at (614) 645-7179, or by email to twana683@yahoo.com.




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