At most workplaces, injuries requiring only first aid are commonplace. But sometimes there's a fine line between types of cases OSHA considers "other recordable" and those that are classified as simply first aid and not recordable.
A case should be recorded in the OSHA 300 log if it involves treatment beyond first aid or a diagnosis of significant injury or illness. If the employee did not have days away from work (Column H) or job transfer or restriction (Column I), the case is recorded in Column J: Other Recordable Cases. You must also record the appropriate category under Column M: Injury and Illness Types.
Examples of these cases include:
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If a case is limited to first aid and there are no days away from work, job transfer, or job restriction, the case should not be recorded in the OSHA 300 log. The case is not recordable even if the first aid is administered at a health clinic, emergency room, hospital, or other medical treatment facility.
First aid treatment is defined as:
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Tomorrow, we'll conclude with a warning from an attorney about the possibility of injury and illness records being used as evidence to prove violation of safety and health standards.
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