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Defining amputations, hospitalizations

December 5, 2014

A new OSHA rule scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1 will require employers to report to the agency all work-related amputations and inpatient hospitalizations. So what exactly is an amputation or inpatient hospitalization?

An OSHA fact sheet on the new rule provides the definitions:

  • Amputations: The traumatic loss of a limb or other external body part. This includes a part – such as a limb or appendage – that has been severed, cut off, amputated (either completely or partially); fingertip amputations with or without bone loss; medical amputations resulting from irreparable damage; and amputations of body parts that have been reattached.
  • Inpatient hospitalizations: Formal admission to the inpatient service of a hospital or clinic for care or treatment. Diagnostic testing or observations are exempt from reporting, but heart attacks resulting from a work-related incident must be reported.

I imagine some ambiguities still exist. Can you think of any? If so, you’ll have your chance to seek some clarification on Dec. 11 when OSHA hosts a Twitter chat on the new reporting requirements.

If you’re not on Twitter, and you have any questions you’d like the Safety+Health team to ask during the chat, feel free to let us know at [email protected].

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