Occupational Medicine

OSHA Recordable Page

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:

  • 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:
  • Using a non-prescription medication at nonprescription strength
  • Administering tetanus immunizations 
  • Cleaning, flushing or soaking wounds on the surface of the skin
  • Using wound coverings such as bandages, Band-Aids™, gauze pads, etc.; or using butterfly bandages or Steri-Strips™ 
  • Using hot or cold therapy
  • Using any non-rigid means of support, such as elastic bandages, wraps, non-rigid back belts, etc
  • Using temporary immobilization devices while transporting an accident victim (e.g.: splints, slings, neck collars, back boards, etc.
  • Drilling of a fingernail or toenail to relieve pressure, or draining fluid from a blister
  • Using eye patches
  • Removing foreign bodies from the eye using only irrigation or a cotton swab
  • Removing splinters or foreign material from areas other than the eye by irrigation, tweezers, cotton swabs or other simple means
  • Using finger guards
  • Using massages 
  • Drinking fluids for relief of heat stress
For additional information about first-aid care and recordability, click here.