What workplace injuries and illnesses need to be recorded for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)?

Authors: John D. Surma and Collin G. Warren, Adams and Reese LLP

An employer typically has to record:

  • Deaths;
  • Injuries or illnesses that:
    • Require an employee to miss at least a day away from work;
    • Result in restricted work or transfer to another job;
    • Require medical treatment beyond first aid;
    • Result in a loss of consciousness; and
    • Are caused by needle sticks contaminated with another person's blood or other infectious contaminant;
  • Certain hearing loss cases;
  • Certain cases of work-related exposure to tuberculosis;
  • Any case where an employee must be removed under an OSHA standard; and
  • An accident or exposure that leads to a diagnosis of significant injury or illness by a physician or other licensed health care professional.