Some employers had become alarmed that revised reporting requirements from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration could put them at risk. The more stringent reporting rules, which went into effect on Jan. 1, require employers to notify authorities about the hospitalization of a single employee, as well as any amputation and eye loss, within 24 hours of learning about it. Employers worried the information generated during a rapid response investigation that followed could be used to issue fines and citations. But a Labor Department official said that's not the case. “We're looking at that very carefully now because we want to be able to assure employers that they can be totally open with us without repercussions,” Assistant Secretary David Michaels said. “We're working on developing a policy now that provides that assurance.”

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