Employers in the state of Michigan are now required to report any work-related amputation, loss of an eye, or in-patient hospitalization of any employee to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within 24 hours of the incident.
On September 1, 2015, MIOSHA implemented a new injury reporting requirement that employers report a work-related amputation or loss of any eye. This was in response to changes made by federal OSHA that became effective January 1, 2015.
Enforcement of the new hospitalization reporting requirement could not occur until the previous requirement was removed from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act, Act 154 of 1974. The recent enactment of Public Act 199 of 2015 officially removed the former requirement from the MIOSH Act, and as a result, MIOSHA will begin enforcing the reporting of the hospitalization of any employee January 1, 2016.
Previously, employers were required to only report the work-related, in-patient hospitalization of three or more employees within eight hours of the incident.
MIOSHA operates Michigan’s own OSHA program. Federal regulations require a state operating its own plan to adopt injury reporting requirements that are at least as effective as the federal standards. MIOSHA is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Employers can go to the MIOSHA recordkeeping website to report an in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye incident, or call the new injury report line at 844-464-6742. This system should not be used for reporting work-related fatalities. All work-related fatalities must still be reported within eight hours to the current fatality line: 800-858-0397.
Additional recordkeeping information, including general guidelines, forms and FAQs is available on the MIOSHA website at www.michigan.gov/recordkeeping.