NOTE: This article addresses the FED-OSHA requirements to report (not recordkeeping) injury/illness to FED-OSHA.
Since the advent of the present Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (FED-OSHA) management there have been increasing strides toward informing FED-OSHA of occupational injury/illness in a real time manner and collecting injury/illness data on all industry/construction activities under FED-OSHA jurisdiction. The Agency states the new reporting requirements will significantly enhance the Agency’s ability to target their resources.


Historically, the Bureau of Labor Statistic (BLS) has been collecting information on worker injury/illness since 1884. With the introduction of Workers’ Compensation laws in 1910, BLS had a better method of collecting data based on employee worker’s compensation claims. In 1926 BLS formalized the methodology, due to the variation in the State Workers’ Compensation laws, for collecting injury/illness data with the Annual Survey of Frequency and Severity of Industrial Injury/Illness. All of this reporting to BLS was voluntary, and thus suspect.
In 1970 the with the advent of FED-OSHA a major emphasis was put on injury/illness statistics. BLS continued with the Annual Survey of Occupation Injury/Illness, with the assistance of the States in obtaining the information. In 1980 State Workers’ Compensation information. Not all industries report their injury/illness for the annual survey; the BLS basis their statistics on a sampling of industry types in the various States.(1) Amendment of 28DEC1982 required reporting to FED-OSHA of the inpatient hospital > 3 employees or the individual death of an employee was required.