WA To Adopt Accident Reporting And Investigation Rule

                               Olympia, WA (CompNewsNetwork) - The purpose of the rulemaking for WAC 296-800-320 is to clarify the definition of the term “hospitalization” to reduce confusion and bring the department's rules into line with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's interpretation of the word. There was some confusion about the requirement to report a hospitalization within eight hours in Chapter 296-800 WAC, Safety and Health Core Rules. This rule clarifies that employers or an agent for the employer must report an employee's hospitalization within eight hours of the time the incident is reported to the employer or an agent of the employer. The changes were adopted 5/18/2010 and will be effective on 7/1/2010.58

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