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    osha clarifies covid-19 reporting requirements

    By Barrow Group Staff / October 07, 2020


    The new FAQs clarify when employers must report COVID-19 hospitalizations and fatalities

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published two additional answers to its list of COVID-19 frequently asked questions (FAQs). The new answers clarify when employers must report COVID-19 in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities.

    Reporting Hospitalizations

    OSHA requires employers to report in-patient hospitalizations only if the hospitalization occurs within 24 hours of an exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. As a result, employers must report COVID-19 hospitalizations only if the hospitalizations are:

    • For in-patient treatment; and
    • The result of a work-related case of COVID-19

    The report must be submitted within 24 hours of the time the employer determines there was an in-patient hospitalization caused by a COVID-19 case. Hospitalization for diagnostic testing or observation only is not considered “in-patient” hospitalization.

    Reporting Fatalities

    OSHA requires employers to report fatalities that occur within 30 days of an exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in the workplace. 

    Fatality reports must be submitted within eight hours of the time the employer learns that the fatality took place and that it was due to a work-related exposure.

    Recording Requirements

    These FAQs address only reporting requirements for COVID-19. Employers can review their COVID-19 recording requirements on OSHA’s website.

    Severe Injuries:

    Report amputations, eye loss, and in-patient hospitalizations to OSHA within 24 hours


    • Motor vehicle accidents on a public street or highway (except in a construction work zone) 
    • Commercial or public transportation system incidents.


    Topics: OSHA, COVID-19, Worker's Comepensation, Reporting-Requirements-OSHA, OSHA-Fatalities, hospitalizations

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