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:
- 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.