What is an OSHA Recordable?
An OSHA recordable injury is an occupational injury or illness that requires medical treatment more than simple first aid and must be reported.
All employers shall comply with OSHA regulations for recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses as prescribed in 29 CFR 1904. This requires some injuries and illnesses to be recorded on the OSHA 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses and the OSHA 301 Injury and Illness Incident Report.
Any medical treatment that goes beyond first aid meets the general recording criteria and is thus recordable.
OSHA Recordable Criteria:
• Loss of consciousness
• Days away from work
• Restricted work
• Job transfers
• Affects routine (essential) job functions
• "Significant" injury's or illnesses diagnosed by physician such as cancer,
asbestosis, fractures or punctured eardrums
• Medical treatment beyond first aid
First Aid includes:
• Observation or counseling
• Diagnostic procedures, including X-ray, blood tests
• Over-the-counter med's at over-the-counter strength
• Cleaning, flushing or soaking wounds
• Wound coverings, including suture substitutes such as butterfly bandages
• Hot/cold treatment
• Non-rigid support such as ace, non-rigid back belts, etc.
• Temporary immobilization for transport purposes
• Drilling of nail to relieve sub-ungual hematoma
• Eye patches
• Foreign Body (FB) removal from eye using only irrigation or swab
• Simple skin FB removal
• Finger guards
For more information: OSHA Recordkeeping Policies and Procedures Manual
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