OSHA record keeping, reporting changes effect employers

December 11, 2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is implementing changes to what employers must record and report regarding workplace illnesses and injuries. Beginning on Jan. 14, employers must report a workplace illness or injury that results in death, hospitalization, amputation or the loss of an eye. Some employers are exempt from these requirements, according to Iowa Labor Commissioner Michael Mauro. You can find the text of Iowa's new rules here. More detailed information is also available on OSHA's website.

Mauro is also reminding elevator owners that by law, a current elevator operating permit must be posted in each elevator. "Our inspectors will take appropriate enforcement action when an elevator permit is not in the car," Mauro wrote in an email to stakeholders. Additional information from Mauro regarding elevators: 

In February 2010, the Iowa Elevator Safety Board began to study the ASME A17.3 Safety Code for Older Elevators and Escalators. Now the Board has begun the formal process to adopt a modified version of ASME A17.3(2011). The deadline to comment on this proposal is January 9, 2015. For more information on this important topic, click here.