OSHA Reporting For Serious Injuries

What needs to be reported to California Division of Occupational Safety and Health:

1. death

2. serious injury or illness, defined as

    a. any hospitalization longer than 24 hours for other than observation, or
    b. loss of any body part, or
    c. any "serious degree" of permanent disfigurement.

EXCEPT when the injury, illness, or death is caused by:

    1. an accident on a public street or highway, or
    2. the commission of a Penal Code violation.

When you must call them: immediately, but no later than 8 hours after you know or should have known with reasonably diligent inquiry

UNLESS you can prove exigent (unusual and difficult) circumstances prevented earlier notification, the deadline can be extended up to no later than 24 hours after the incident.

How you must tell them:

  1.   Time and date of accident.
  2.   Employer's name, address and telephone number.
  3.   Name and job title, or badge number of person reporting the accident.
  4.   Address of site of accident or event.
  5.   Name of person to contact at site of accident.
  6.   Name, address, and birth date of injured employee(s).
  7.   Nature of injury.
  8.   Location where injured employee(s) was (were) moved to.
  9.   List and identity of other law enforcement agencies present at the site of accident.
  10.   Description of accident and whether the accident scene or instrumentality has been altered.

Where you must report: The nearest district office (below), via telephone or telegraph.

Telephone: (510) 794-2521

Fax: 510-794-3889
39141 Civic Center Dr. Suite 310
Fremont, CA 94538-5818