What Is an OSHA Recordable Incident? (2023)

Frommer D'Amico October 13, 2021 Work Injuries

What Is an OSHA Recordable Incident? (1)

An employer might do a lot to reduce the number of work-related injuries that occur, but accidents can and do happen from time to time. In 2019, 5,333 people died on the job across the United States. There were 3.2 recordable cases per 100 employeesin Pennsylvania in 2019, with 1.8 cases per 100 employees requiring a person to miss work or transfer. The OSHA recordable incident rate varies by industry.

TheOccupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires certain companies to report or record specific types of incidents. The goal of reporting and recording these incidents is to keep accurate records and improve workplace safety. Learn more about what the rules are for OSHA recordkeeping, what counts as a recordable incident and how you can keep yourself safe on the job.

What Is a Recordable Incident?

With some exceptions, OSHA expects companies that have more than 10 employeesto keep records of fatal or serious injuries. The administration defines a recordable incident as the incidents listed below. The term “related to work” means that the injury or illness developed or occurred as a result of a person performing their assigned duties or if something occurred in the workplace that aggravated an existing illness or injury.

  • A diagnosis of cancer relating to work
  • Cracked teeth or fractured bones due to work
  • Punctured eardrums due to work
  • A diagnosis of an ongoing, irreversible disease due to work
  • An illness or injury occurring on the job or related to the job that needs treatment beyond basic first aid
  • An illness or injury occurring on the job or related to the job that leads to restricted work, time away from work, transfer to a different job or a loss of consciousness
  • A fatality related to work

What Is an OSHA Recordable Incident? (2)

An employer’s OSHA records of an injury or fatality need to be kept on-site for a minimum of five years. In February through April of each year, an employer needs to create a summary of all illnesses and injuries recorded during the past year. Both former and current employees can request and receive a copy of a company’s incident records.

Incident reports and records can shine a light on hazards that are common in a particular industry, allowing companies, workers and OSHA to introduce and implement protections that minimize incidents. The goal is to prevent future illnesses and injuries related to work.

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While many industries need to follow OSHA’s rules for recording incidents, some industries are considered “low-risk” and are exempt from the requirements. These low-risk industries include many types of retailers, financial institutions and real estate brokers, among others.

What Are the Criteria for a Recordable Incident?

OSHA has several criteria that determine whether a company needs to record an incident — if an incident results in days away from work, loss of consciousness, transfer to a different job, medical treatment or death. OSHA has created a decision treeto help employers and employees determine if an incident is recordable.

Some of the questions on the decision tree are as follows:

  • Is an employee ill or injured?If the answer is no, you can stop here.
  • Is the injury or illness work-related? The term “work-related”can mean that it happened on the job or developed as a result of exposure to something on the job. If the answer is no, you can stop here.
  • Is the injury or illness new?If the injury or illness has been ongoing, you can update a previous record. Otherwise, create a new record for it.
  • Does the injury or illness meet specific criteria?Was the employee injured enough to have to miss work, need medical treatment or have to change jobs? If so, the incident is recordable.

What Is an OSHA Recordable Incident? (3)

Let’s take a closer look at the criteria an injury or illness needs to meet to be recorded by an employer.

Death

An employer needs to record any work-related injury or illness that results in the death of an employee. OSHA has more stringent reporting requirements for incidents that result in death. In addition to recording the incident on Form 300 and completing Form 301, an Injury and Illness Incident Report, an employer also needs to report the death within eight hours of it occurring.

A company needs to either fill out an online form or call the nearest OSHA office to report a death. Another option is to report the death to OSHA’s 24-hour hotline. Although there are some states that have their own reporting requirements, Pennsylvania is a federal OSHA state, meaning the federal rules apply to businesses operating in Pennsylvania.

Days Away From Work

If an employee needs to stay home from work due to their injury or illness, an employer needs to record the injury on Form 300 and provide the number of calendar days of work the employee missed. If an employee is currently staying home due to an injury or illness and is expected to remain away from work for an extended period, the person completing the log should estimate the number of days the employee will miss and update as needed when the employee returns.

An employer should start counting days away from the day after a person became ill or was injured to get an accurate count. If an employee comes to work even though a health care provider told them to stay home, the employer should still record the number of days recommended by the medical provider. The same is true when an employee stays home for longer than medically recommended.

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Even if an employee is scheduled to be on vacation right after an injury or if there are days they wouldn’t have worked due to time off or weekends, an employer should include those days, as the log should report calendar days away from work, not only work or business days.

What Is an OSHA Recordable Incident? (4)

Loss of Consciousness

Should an employee lose consciousness due to an illness or injury, the employer must record it. OSHA states that the injury or illness is recordable even if a person only loses consciousness for a short period.

The exception is if the loss of consciousness occurs due to a health condition, such as epilepsy, narcolepsy or diabetes. For example, if an employee has a seizure at work that isn’t triggered by their job, an employer doesn’t need to record it.

Transfer to Another Job or Restricted Work

Some types of injury or illness might limit a person’s work or require them to change responsibilities or job duties. OSHA has rules to help employers determine if an injury or illness resulted in work restrictions.

For example, if the employer prevents an employee from performing a routine function of the job or if a medical provider recommends that an employee not perform certain routine tasks, the incident should be recorded as restricting work. The same is true if an employee doesn’t work a full day due to the injury.OSHA considers tasks to be routine functions of a job if an employee performs them at least once a week.

Additionally, employers should treat transfers to another job similarly to incidents that restrict work. The employer should record the number of days an employee was transferred to a different job. A job transfer involves assigning an employee different duties than normal.

Treatment Required Beyond First Aid

If an employee needs medical treatment that goes beyond first aid, the employer needs to record the incident and note if the employee remained at work, wasn’t transferred and could perform their routine job functions.

OSHA defines medical treatment as care provided to a person to combat a disorder or disease. It doesn’t include diagnostic procedures such as blood tests and x-rays or a visit to a health care provider for counseling or observation. Treatments that fall under the banner of first aid also don’t qualify as medical treatment.

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Particular types of injuries and their treatments need to be reported to OSHA within 24 hours of occurrence. Those include the loss of an eye, any amputations or in-patient hospitalizations.

Injury or Illness Diagnosed by a Medical Professional

Some injuries or illnesses might not fall neatly under the above criteria but should still be recorded. OSHA asks that work-related illnesses or injuries such as a broken bone, punctured eardrum, cancer or another type of irreversible disease be recorded by employers.

What Is an OSHA Recordable Incident? (5)

What Doesn’t Qualify as a Recordable Incident?

While OSHA requires employers to record incidents that require medical treatment, it doesn’t consider those that can be treated with first aid measures as recordable incidents. There’s no need for an employer to perform OSHA recordkeeping when first aid can solve the problem.

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OSHA’s definition of first aid measures comprehensive. Both employers and employees need to understand what a medical treatment is in the eyes of OSHA and what’s merely first aid. According to OSHA, first aid measures include:

  • Giving an employee a nonprescription medication at nonprescription strength: Administering an over-the-counter medicine is usually first aid. An exception would be if a medical provider recommends giving a person a nonprescription medication, such as ibuprofen, at prescription strength.
  • Giving a person a tetanus shot: If an employee gets a tetanus booster after stepping on something rusty, it counts as first aid. Getting another type of immunization, such as a rabies shot, would fall under the medical treatment umbrella.
  • Covering a wound: Using a bandage or gauze pad to cover a wound counts as first aid and isn’t recordable. If a person needs stitches or staples, they’re receiving medical treatment and the employer needs to record the incident.
  • Cleaning the surface of a wound: Flushing a wound to clean it or soaking it counts as first aid.
  • Applying heat or cold:Using ice packs or heating pads to ease discomfort or reduce swelling count as first aid per OSHA.
  • Supporting an injury with a non-rigid support system, such as an elastic bandage: Wrapping an injury qualifies as first aid. Using a rigid device, such as a cast, to keep a body part immobile falls under the medical treatment umbrella.
  • Draining fluid: Relieving pressure by draining a blister or by drilling into a finger or toenail qualifies as first aid.
  • Using a temporary immobilization device: If a person needs a sling or splint or a neck collar while being transported, OSHA considers that first aid rather than medical treatment.
  • Cleaning the eyes: Using irrigation or a cotton swab to remove a foreign object from the eye is first aid. Using tweezers or another simple method to remove a splinter from the eye also qualifies as first aid.
  • Eye patches:Having an employee wear an eye patch counts as first aid.
  • Giving fluids to an employee:Having someone drink fluids to relieve heat stress is first aid.
  • Massage:Massaging a sore or over-extended body part usually counts as first aid. The exception is if the massage is part of chiropractic treatment or physical therapy. In that case, it’s considered a medical treatment.

What Is an OSHA Recordable Incident? (6)

Non-Recordable, Recordable and Reportable Injury Examples

All work-related injuries or illnesses fall into three categories, according to OSHA. The category type determines an employer’s responsibility in that situation. Here’s how to categorize injuries at work and how to recognize which type of incident you might be handling.

Non-Recordable

A non-recordable incident is one that doesn’t have the criteria of a recordable incident. Often, it’s an injury or illness that you can successfully treat with first aid. Some examples of a non-recordable incident include:

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  • An employee gets a headache on the job: They take non-prescription acetaminophen or ibuprofen and are able to continue working. They complete their routine tasks for the day without further incident.
  • An employee touches a hot surface and gets a burn:They apply burn spray or cream to it and continue working.
  • An employee cuts themselves on the corner of a piece of furniture:They clean the wound and apply a bandage. They don’t go home for the day or see a medical professional.
  • Employees receive the flu vaccine:If an employer offers vaccines to prevent illness, it doesn’t qualify as medical treatments and isn’t recordable.
  • An employee’s arm is sore:They apply ice to it to ease discomfort and take non-prescription pain relievers.

What Is an OSHA Recordable Incident? (7)

Recordable

Alternatively, recordable incidents meet at least one of the criteria mentioned above, such as death, requiring medical treatment or causing an employee to miss work. A few examples include:

  • An employee gets bitten by a wild animal on the job:They’re given a rabies vaccine as a precaution. Since the rabies vaccine falls under medical treatment, per OSHA, the incident needs to be recorded.
  • An employee falls from a roof and dies: Any incident that results in a fatality needs to be recorded.
  • An employee cuts themselves with a tool and needs stitches:If the employee needs to go to a medical provider, who closes the wound with sutures or staples, it counts as medical treatment and needs to be reported.
  • An employee develops asthma after exposure to fine particulate matter on the job and they need to change roles:If an employee develops asthma and can no longer do their job as assigned, the incident needs to be recorded.
  • An employee has hearing loss: If an employee loses their hearing or has a punctured eardrum due to loud noises at work, the employer needs to record the event.

What Is an OSHA Recordable Incident? (8)

Reportable

Some recordable incidents are also reportable incidents, meaning an employer needs to contact OSHA about them within 24 hours of occurrence. These incidents include:

  • Death of an employee:If an employee dies on the job due to a work-related event, the employer needs to inform OSHA within eight hours.
  • An employee loses an eye or another body part:If something happens on the job that causes an employee to lose an eye or if a part of the body needs to be amputated, employers need to report the incident within 24 hours.
  • An employee is admitted to the hospital:If a workplace incident causes an employee to be hospitalized, the employer has 24 hours to report it.

What Is an OSHA Recordable Incident? (9)

What to Do If Your Employer Isn’t Keeping Accurate Incident Records

If your employer has more than 10 employees and doesn’t qualify for an exemption, it must follow OSHA’s recordkeeping rules. Primarily, that means keeping records of new, work-related incidents that meet the recordable criteria. All employees need to use Form 300to log incidents and Form 301 to report incidents. If an incident resulted in death, amputation or hospitalization, it needs to be directly reported to OSHA, as well.

At the end of the year, an employer needs to review the log of incidents and use it to create an annual summary. After verifying the summary, an employer needs to post it for employees to see. The posting needs to be in a visible location, such as on a break room wall. It should be posted by Feb. 1st of the following year and remain in place through April 30. Employers need to maintain records of incidents for at least five years.

While OSHA has regulations in place for recording and reporting work-related injuries, it doesn’t mean that every employer is going to play by the rules. Recording incidents gives a company a chance to learn from mistakes and make the workplace safer. However, those incidents can also put a company under scrutiny or make it concerned that it’ll be penalized. Not keeping accurate records puts employees at risk for future injuries and can mean that an employee faces several issues if they get hurt on the job.

If you suspect that your employer is skirting OSHA regulations and doesn’t have up-to-date incident records, the first thing you can do is ask to see the summaries from past years.If your employer refuses to show you the records or doesn’t have them, you might consider reporting your employer to OSHA. The agency can fine companies that don’t follow posting regulations.

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What happens if you get injured at work and learn that your employer doesn’t keep records? Consider consulting a workers’ compensation attorney to learn about your options. In the meantime, be sure to record the following:

  • The type of injury
  • How it related to work
  • The medical treatment you received
  • If you missed work and for how long
  • If you had to avoid certain functions or perform a different job for a period
  • The severity of the injury (for example, if you were hospitalized or lost a limb)

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FAQs

What is considered a recordable incident? ›

You must consider an injury or illness to meet the general recording criteria, and therefore to be recordable, if it results in any of the following: death, days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness.

Is a fractured bone OSHA recordable? ›

Section 1904.7(b)(7) goes on to state that work-related cases involving cancer, chronic irreversible disease, a fractured or cracked bone, or a punctured eardrum must always be recorded under the general criteria at the time of diagnosis by a physician or other licensed health care professional.

Is 600 mg ibuprofen OSHA recordable? ›

But, if prescription strength Motrin® (400 mg, 600 mg, or 800 mg) was dispensed, and more than a single dose was administered, then the treatment for the injury involved medical treatment and the case is OSHA recordable (See Recordkeeping Guidelines, P 43).

What are the common recordable of work-related injuries? ›

The most common work injuries are slips, trips, and falls, overexertion, and contact with equipment. All of these injuries are mostly preventable by taking the proper precautions and adhering to OSHA's guidelines.

What is not an OSHA recordable injury? ›

Injuries that do not require medical treatment beyond first aid are generally not recordable. The OSH Act defines first aid to include the following: Using a nonprescription medication at nonprescription strength.

What is the difference between recordable and reportable? ›

Recordable incidents are so named because the incidents must be recorded and tracked by the business. These records are commonly reviewed by OSHA as requested. The other category of incidents are reportable incidents, these injuries and illnesses are also recordable incidents.

Is a pulled muscle a recordable injury? ›

An abnormal condition, such as muscle soreness, is recordable only if it also is work-related, a new case, and meets one or more of the general recording criteria in Section 1904.7 through 1904.11 (66 FR 6079).

Is a dog bite OSHA recordable? ›

Is this recordable? A: Yes, the injury is recordable. The dog bite is considered work related and recordable because the injured employee received medical treatment beyond first aid. OSHA has consistently taken the position that insect bites or animal bites on premises are work related.

What is a non recordable injury? ›

A non recordable incident is the workplace incident which does not involve death, injury or illness that requires medical treatment beyond first aid, days away from work, restricted work, transfer to another job, loss of consciousness, a significant injury or illness diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health ...

Is a steroid shot OSHA recordable? ›

If the employee would have received the steroid shot regardless of the aggravation, the case is not recordable. On the other hand, if the employee received the steroid shot because of the aggravation, the case is recordable.

Are prescription eye drops OSHA recordable? ›

Prescription medications, including preventive antibiotics, are considered medical treatment and are recordable.

Does an xray make an injury recordable? ›

Is this a recordable incident? A. X-rays for diagnosis only are not recordable.

What are the top 5 workplace injuries? ›

Top 5 most common workplace injuries and how to avoid them.
  1. Trips, Slips And Falls. ...
  2. Being Struck By Or Caught In Moving Machinery. ...
  3. Vehicle Related Accidents. ...
  4. Fire And Explosions. ...
  5. Repetitive Stress and Overexertion Injuries.

What are the 5 types of injuries? ›

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  • Soft Tissue Injuries.
  • Broken Bones.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries.
  • Psychological Injuries.
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Can an injury be recordable but not compensable? ›

Some cases may be OSHA recordable and compensable. Some cases may be compensable, but not OSHA recordable. Some cases may be OSHA recordable, but not compensable.

Is a Stroke at work OSHA recordable? ›

5. If an employee death or in-patient hospitalization appears to be the result of a medical event (e.g. heart attack or stroke), must it be reported to OSHA? Yes, if it occurred at the workplace or during work-hours.

Is Glue a recordable injury? ›

A liquid bandage is a wound covering and is considered first aid. Q: When a person goes to the hospital because of a cut, and the doctor applies an adhesive glue, is this considered an OSHA recordable? A: Yes, surgical glues are considered medical treatment for OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping purposes.

What is an example of a reportable incident? ›

Some broad areas that reportable incidents encompass include: Medication errors and omissions such as inappropriate drug, inappropriate dose, inappropriate rate, inappropriate route, or failure to medicate at all.

What are OSHA recordable cases? ›

“OSHA recordable” is a term for injuries and illnesses that must be reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on a Form 300 (Log of Work-related Injuries and Illnesses). It includes a work-related injury or illness that results in any of the following: Medical treatment beyond first aid.

What is considered an OSHA reportable incident? ›

All employers are required to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye. A fatality must be reported within 8 hours. An in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or eye loss must be reported within 24 hours.

Do stitches make an injury OSHA recordable? ›

A work related injury requiring stitches must be recorded on the OSHA 300 Log. If the injury did not involve one or more days away from work, one or more days of restricted work, or one or more days of job transfer, you enter a check mark in column J.

Are IV fluids OSHA recordable? ›

Administration of oxygen and use of an IV solution to relieve heat stress are both considered medical treatments for OSHA recordkeeping purposes. Therefore the case should be recorded on your OSHA Log.

Are butterfly bandages OSHA recordable? ›

In your letter, you state that OSHA's recordkeeping regulation at section 1904.7(b)(5)(ii)(D) provides that Steri-Strips™ and butterfly bandages are considered first aid for recordkeeping purposes while sutures and staples are considered medical treatment.

Is a concussion a recordable? ›

Yes, this is a recordable injury. The fainting and head laceration would not have occurred but for the work-related hand injury. The employee's loss of consciousness and resulting head injury are a direct consequence of an event in the work-environment.

What are three types of occupational illnesses? ›

In many instances, a disease or disorder can be caused by work or working conditions over a long period. These are known as occupational illnesses.
...
Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis.
  • Arthritis.
  • And hernias.
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What does it mean to be partially exempt from OSHA? ›

Answer: If your North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code classifies you as a Partially Exempt Industry, it is not necessary to complete OSHA injury and illness records (including the OSHA Form 300A).

What is reportable accident? ›

reportable accident means an accident involving death, or where the driver of the vehicle was issued a moving traffic violation as a result of the accident.

Is loss of consciousness an OSHA reportable? ›

Work-related loss of consciousness events are OSHA recordable. Work-related loss of consciousness events must be entered into STARS, even in the case in which there is no medical treatment, restricted work, or days away from work.

Is wearing a wrist brace OSHA recordable? ›

If the brace is rigid and is being used to immobilize the injured body part, then this is considered medical treatment and recordable. Otherwise, using any non-rigid means of support is considered first aid and not recordable.

Is an MRI considered an OSHA recordable? ›

As stated in an OSHA Letter of Interpretation from April 2011, an MRI is considered a diagnostic procedure and would not trigger a recording obligation on the 300 Log. An MRI is not used to treat a condition; rather, it is used to diagnose a condition.

Is physical therapy an OSHA recordable? ›

Section 1904.7(b)(5)(ii)(M) states that physical therapy or chiropractic treatment are considered medical treatment for OSHA recordkeeping purposes and are not considered first aid.

Is a Benadryl shot an OSHA recordable? ›

We note that Benadryl and Kenalog injections are not included on the list of first aid treatments set forth at 1904.7(b)(5)(ii). In certain circumstances, OSHA's recordkeeping requirements permit an employer to choose between two conflicting or differing medical recommendations.

Do antibiotics make it a recordable? ›

All prescription medications, including preventive antibiotics, should be considered medical treatment and are recordable.

Is Liquid Bandage recordable? ›

Is it recordable? Answer: YES. Liquid bandaging glue used, in lieu of stitches, to close a wound is considered medical treatment beyond first aid.

Is administering oxygen a recordable injury? ›

Response: The administration of oxygen is considered medical treatment for OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping purposes. If an employee is symptomatic of a work-related injury or illness (e.g., respiratory distress from smoke inhalation) and is administered oxygen, the case is recordable.

Is arthritis OSHA recordable? ›

Is this a recordable case? A: If the arthritis is wholly caused by non-work factors, then it is not work-related and should not be recorded in the OSHA records.

Is fainting work-related? ›

However, episodes of fainting from mandatory medical procedures such as blood tests mandated by OSHA standards, mandatory physicals, and so on would be considered work-related events, and would be recordable on the Log if they meet one or more of the recording criteria.

What are the 3 most common accidents? ›

Knowing that driver error is the most common underlying factor is a good start, but it doesn't tell us what types of accidents occur most frequently in the U.S. Digging into NHTSA data reveals that there are three types of crashes that happen more often than others: rear-end collisions, angle accidents, and sideswipes.

Is walking a work related injury? ›

Under OSHA's recordkeeping system, normal body movements in the work environment, such as walking, bending down or sneezing, are "events" which trigger the presumption for work-relatedness if they are a discernible cause of an injury.

What are 6 common workplace accidents? ›

Workplace Injuries That You'll Learn About in This Article
  • Overexertion and bodily reaction.
  • Fall, slips, and trips.
  • Contact with objects and equipment.
  • Transportation incidents.
  • Violence and injuries caused by persons and animals.
  • Exposure to harmful substances.
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What kinds of incidents must be reported? ›

Notifiable incidents are incidents that cause: The death of a person at your workplace (employee, contractor, visitor or otherwise) A serious illness or injury. A dangerous incident that exposed someone to a serious risk, even if there was no injury.

What is an example of an incident? ›

The definition of an incident is something that happens, possibly as a result of something else. An example of incident is seeing a butterfly while taking a walk. An example of incident is someone going to jail after being arrested for shoplifting. An event in a narrative or drama.

Do all incidents need to be reported? ›

All incidents, near-misses and injuries should be reported immediately. The incident reporting process will determine the follow-up required, if any. The employee should not have to make a guess as to whether “their issue or incident” is worthy of an incident report.

What are the top 10 workplace injuries? ›

The top 10 workplace accidents and how to prevent them
  1. Slip and fall. According to OSHA, slip and fall accidents account for about 25% of all workplace injuries. ...
  2. Struck by moving object. ...
  3. Struck against stationary objects. ...
  4. Overexertion. ...
  5. Repetitive motion injuries (RMI's) ...
  6. Electrocution. ...
  7. Entanglement. ...
  8. Motor vehicle accidents.
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What is the single biggest group of workplace injuries? ›

Being aware of the injuries that occur most frequently allows organisations to focus on the risks and work to improve them.
  • #1 Slips, Trips and Falls. ...
  • #2 Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) ...
  • #3 Mental Injuries. ...
  • #4 Muscular Handling Injuries. ...
  • #5 Machinery and Equipment Injuries. ...
  • Look for Patterns.

What is the most common accident in the workplace? ›

The most commonly occurring non-fatal accident in every workplace is through a slip, trip or fall as it can occur anywhere at any time. Whether it's a trip on the stairs, or a slip on some spilt milk, this kind of accident is usually the result of clumsiness or incompetence and is not always the fault of the employer.

What is a non reportable incident? ›

When you are involved in a relatively minor automobile accident with property damage to the vehicles estimated at less than $1,500 and there are no injuries reported at the scene, the officer will most likely designate your accident as “non reportable”.

What types of incidents need to be reported? ›

When should an incident be reported? All incidents, near-misses and injuries should be reported immediately. The incident reporting process will determine the follow-up required, if any. The employee should not have to make a guess as to whether “their issue or incident” is worthy of an incident report.

What is the difference between an OSHA reportable and recordable? ›

Recording is simply the act of tracking an on-the-job injury or illness. Multiple forms and logs need to be filled out and maintained by each organization, with different details required of each one. Reporting means notifying OSHA of certain outcomes from occupational incidents, such as a death.

Is a pulled muscle a recordable injury? ›

An abnormal condition, such as muscle soreness, is recordable only if it also is work-related, a new case, and meets one or more of the general recording criteria in Section 1904.7 through 1904.11 (66 FR 6079).

Is a Stroke at work OSHA recordable? ›

5. If an employee death or in-patient hospitalization appears to be the result of a medical event (e.g. heart attack or stroke), must it be reported to OSHA? Yes, if it occurred at the workplace or during work-hours.

Is a mild concussion OSHA recordable? ›

A: Yes, this is a recordable injury. The fainting and head laceration would not have occurred but for the work-related hand injury. The employee's loss of consciousness and resulting head injury are a direct consequence of an event in the work-environment.

Is Light Duty a recordable injury? ›

If an employee is injured and is sent home or placed on light duty for the remainder of the shift, the case is not recordable - as long as the employee can return to routine duties the next calendar day and no recordable medical treatment is rendered.

What are the 3 types of incidents? ›

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  • Major Incidents. Large-scale incidents may not come up too often, but when they do hit, organizations need to be prepared to deal with them quickly and efficiently. ...
  • Repetitive Incidents. ...
  • Complex Incidents.
11 May 2022

What are the 4 types of incidents? ›

Another approach would be to have four types: Accident, Notifiable Accident, Incident and Notifiable Incident.

What is an example of a reportable incident? ›

Some broad areas that reportable incidents encompass include: Medication errors and omissions such as inappropriate drug, inappropriate dose, inappropriate rate, inappropriate route, or failure to medicate at all.

What is not recordable? ›

A non recordable incident is the workplace incident which does not involve death, injury or illness that requires medical treatment beyond first aid, days away from work, restricted work, transfer to another job, loss of consciousness, a significant injury or illness diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health ...

What is considered an OSHA reportable incident? ›

All employers are required to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye. A fatality must be reported within 8 hours. An in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or eye loss must be reported within 24 hours.

What are OSHA recordable cases? ›

“OSHA recordable” is a term for injuries and illnesses that must be reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on a Form 300 (Log of Work-related Injuries and Illnesses). It includes a work-related injury or illness that results in any of the following: Medical treatment beyond first aid.

Do stitches make an injury OSHA recordable? ›

A work related injury requiring stitches must be recorded on the OSHA 300 Log. If the injury did not involve one or more days away from work, one or more days of restricted work, or one or more days of job transfer, you enter a check mark in column J.

Are IV fluids OSHA recordable? ›

Administration of oxygen and use of an IV solution to relieve heat stress are both considered medical treatments for OSHA recordkeeping purposes. Therefore the case should be recorded on your OSHA Log.

Is gluing a wound OSHA recordable? ›

A: Yes, surgical glues are considered medical treatment for OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping purposes.

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