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When is an injury or illness is recordable?

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
  • Loss of consciousness

Tip: You may visit OSHA’s Recordkeeping Advisor to guide you step-by-step to determine recordability.

What is considered first aid?

First Aid incidents are excluded from OSHA records.

Treatments that areconsidered first aid include:

1. Use of nonprescription meds at nonprescription strength

2. Tetanus immunizations

3. Cleaning, flushing or soaking surface wounds

4. Use of wound coverings, butterfly bandages, Steri-Strips

5. Hot or cold therapy

6. Use of non-rigid means of support

7. Temporary immobilization devices used to transport victims

8. Drilling of fingernails or toenails or draining fluid from a blister

9. Eye patches

10. Removal of foreign bodies from eye using irrigation or cotton swab

11. Removal of splinters or foreign material from areas other than the eye by irrigation, tweezers, cotton swabs or other simple means

12. Finger guards

13. Massage therapy

14. Drinking fluids for relief of heat stress

Which "Injury Type" should I choose?

Identify whether the case is an injury or illness. If the case is an injury, select the appropriate injury category. If the case is an illness, select the appropriate illness category.

Injury – Any wound or damage to the body resulting from an event in the work environment.

Skin Diseases or Disorders – Illnesses involving the worker’s skin that are caused by work exposure to chemicals, plants, or other substances.

Respiratory Conditions – Illnesses associated with breathing hazardous biological agents, chemicals, dust, gases, vapors, or fumes at work.

Poisoning – Disorders evidenced by abnormal concentrations of toxic substances in blood, other tissues, other bodily fluids, or the breath that are caused by the ingestion of absorption of toxic substances into the body.

Hearing Loss – Noise-induced hearing loss.

All other illnesses – All other occupational illnesses.

Which "Injury Classification" should I choose?

Be sure to select the correct Injury Classification based on the following criteria.

Death – Employee died due to the injury or illness.

Days away from work – Employee missed a full day of work due to the injury.

Job restriction or transfer – Employee worked an alternative job or performed their job with restrictions.

Other recordable cases – Select this classification in all other situations.