OSHA Issues Updated National Emphasis Program on Amputations
An updated OSHA National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Amputations uses current enforcement data and injury data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to target work sites in industries with high numbers and rates of amputations. The NEP, which began in 2006, is intended to focus on workplaces with machinery and equipment that can cause amputations and maximize OSHA’s inspection resources. OSHA inspections under this NEP will include an evaluation of employee exposures during operations such as clearing jams; cleaning, oiling, or greasing machines or machine pans; and locking out machinery to prevent accidental start-up. The directive went into effect on Aug. 13, 2015, and is available on OSHA’s website. A new OSHA rule that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, requires employers to notify the agency when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye. Under the new rule, employers must notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours and are required to report work-related hospitalizations, amputations, or losses of an eye within 24 hours. See The Synergist’s news article on the rule on AIHA's website.