OSHA’s New Procedures for Handling Compliance and Enforcement Efforts

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OSHA estimates that up to 100,000 federal injury reports could be received annually, yet their capacity is 32,000, according to Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, speaking during the “OSHA Current Activities Update” Technical Session at the 2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo.

As a result, OSHA created a memorandum on Revised Interim Enforcement Procedures for Reporting Requirements under 29 C.F.R. 1904.39, known as the Rapid Response Investigation (RRI).

1904.39(a)(2) requires employers to report to OSHA within 24 hours after the in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye of a worker from a work-related incident.

The RRI process directs employers to provide information on how they can avoid these injuries in a collaborative, problem-solving approach.

Kapust said the percentage of RRIs has risen for both hospitalizations (69 percent in 2015) and amputations (41 percent).

Thus far this year, 75 percent of hospitalizations have been handled via an RRI rather than an inspection; 55 percent of amputations were investigated via RRIs as opposed to an inspection.

Among other things, the memorandum updates the procedures for the intake of reports from employers, data collection and sorting; and entry of data in the OIS system. Revised flowcharts are provided to help understand the intake process.