It has been a big year for changes in government reporting rules and requirements. As we reported earlier this week, the latest come from OSHA. Beginning in 2017, employers with as few as 20 employees may be required to electronically report workplace injuries and illnesses on an annual basis.
Determining if these new rules apply to your business is a little more complicated than you might initially think. Some types of employers are considered “high risk” if they have more than 20 employees. OSHA provides a complete list on their website, but it includes most retailers, care facilities, transportation services, home delivery services, museums and historical sites and specialty food services.
Headcount is more challenging to determine than it might seem on the surface. Headcount is calculated by site, not as a company total. Headcount for OSHA is defined as “the number of paid workers, including full time, part time and seasonal, assigned at any time during the last calendar year.” In fact, contract workers, if supervised by the host company, are to be included when recording injuries and illnesses.
For help translating what the new OSHA rules could mean for your business, download our OSHA Reporting Changes: Employer Checklist. This step-by-step guide will help you review your employee communications, policies, handbooks and incentive programs to help make sure your business is ready for the changes.