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Ohio Illness and Injuries: What you need to know

Ohio does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Consequently, federal occupational safety and health standards govern private sector workplaces in the state.

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The state has adopted by reference the federal safety and health standards for injury and illness recordkeeping for public sector (state and local government) employers (Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 4167-6-01 to 4167-6-10) in general industry and construction workplaces. The state has adopted rules for medical and workplace monitoring records that are stricter than federal rules.

Reporting fatalities or multiple hospitalizations. The state follows the federal requirements for reporting fatal workplace incidents or an incident involving the hospitalization of three or more employees. In such incidences, public employers must contact the Ohio Division of Safety and Hygiene Services in person or by telephone.

The U.S. Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces federal workplace safety and health requirements in private sector workplaces. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation/Division of Safety and Hygiene Services administers safety and health rules for public sector workplaces.

Public Sector-Injury and Illness Recordkeeping
OAC 4167-6-09

Each recordable injury and illness must be entered on the log and summary no later than 6 working days after receiving information that a recordable injury or illness has occurred.

Public Sector-Medical and Monitoring Records
OAC 4167-6-09

Public sector employers must maintain accurate records of public employee exposure to potentially toxic materials, carcinogenic materials, and harmful ...


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