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.

Any medical treatment that goes beyond first aid meets the general recording criteria and is thus recordable.

OSHA Recordable Criteria:

  • Death
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Days away from work
  • Restricted work
  • Job transfers
  • Affects routine (essential) job functions
  • “Significant” injuries 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 meds at over-the-counter strength
  • Tetanus
  • Cleaning, flushing or soaking wounds
  • Wound coverings, including suture substitutes such as butterfly bandages and Steri-strips
  • Hot/cold treatment
  • Non-rigid support such as ace, non-rigid back belts, etc.
  • Temporary immobilization for transport purposes
  • Drilling of nail to relieve subungual hematoma
  • Eye patches
  • Foreign Body (FB) removal from eye using only irrigation or swab
  • Simple skin FB removal
  • Finger guards
  • Massages

To learn more about OSHA recordables click here.

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