Serious Mishaps, Call for Serious Recordkeeping

BY STEVEN W. GEIGER, NAVSAFECEN Recordkeeping is a critical part of the Navy’s safety and health efforts for various reasons. For one, keeping track of work-related injuries and illnesses can help prevent them in the future. The Navy also has a responsibility under federal law to comply with Occupational Safety […]

BY STEVEN W. GEIGER, NAVSAFECEN

Recordkeeping is a critical part of the Navy’s safety and health efforts for various reasons. For one, keeping track of work-related injuries and illnesses can help prevent them in the future. The Navy also has a responsibility under federal law to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. One of these regulations requires commands with civilian employees to notify OSHA.

How does OSHA define in-patient hospitalization?

OSHA defines inpatient hospitalization as a formal admission to the in-patient service of a hospital or clinic for care or treatment.

According to OSHA you do not have to report an in-patient hospitalization that involves only observation or diagnostic testing. You must only report to OSHA each inpatient hospitalization that involves care or treatment.

Notification of serious mishaps to OSHA

► Within eight hours after the death of any employee as a result of a work-related incident, you must report the fatality to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.
► Within 24 hours after the in-patient hospitalization of one or more employees or an employee’s amputation or an employee’s loss of an eye, as a result of a work-related incident, you must report the in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye to OSHA.

How does OSHA define amputation?

This is different than the Department of Defense definition. An amputation is the traumatic loss of a limb or other external body part. Amputations include a part, such as a limb or appendage, which has been severed, cut off, amputated (completely or partially); fingertip amputations with or without bone loss; medical amputations resulting from irreparable damage; amputations of body parts that have since been reattached. Amputations do not include avulsions, enucleations, deglovings, scalpings, severed ears, or broken or chipped teeth.

For more information on OSHA Recordkeeping: https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html