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How do I know if the 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
  • You must also consider a case to meet the general recording criteria if it involves a significant injury or illness diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional, even if it does not result in death, days away from work, restricted work or job transfer, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness

Tip: You may visit’s interactive Recordkeeping Advisor to guide you step-by-step to determine if a case is recordable.

What is first aid (and therefore not recordable under OSHA)?

Defined by OSHA in section 1904.7 (b) (5). Treatments that are considered first aid include:

  • The use of nonprescription medication at nonprescription strength
  • Tetanus immunizations
  • Cleaning, flushing or soaking surface wounds
  • Use of wound coverings, butterfly bandages, Steri-Strips
  • Hot or cold therapy
  • Use of non-rigid means of support
  • Temporary immobilization devices used to transport victims
  • Drilling of fingernails or toenails or draining fluid from a blister
  • Eye patches
  • Removal of foreign bodies from eye using irrigation or cotton swab
  • Removal of splinters or foreign material from areas other than the eye by irrigation, tweezers, cotton swabs or other simple means
  • Finger guards
  • Massage therapy
  • Drinking fluids for relief of heat stress

Are any other procedures included in first aid? No, this is a complete list of all treatments considered first aid for Part 1904 purposes.

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.