On February 1st, employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping rules are required to summarize 2015 year injury data on the OSHA 300A form and post it for employees to see. The OSHA 300 Log of work-related injuries and illnesses contains the listing of each reportable employee injury in the preceding year. The OSHA 300A Summary is posted between February 1st and April 30th each year, even if no incidents occurred in the preceding calendar year. A company executive is required to certify the accuracy of the OSHA 300A summary data, and it must be posted in a conspicuous location where notices to employees are customarily posted (i.e. bulletin board, or near the time clock, etc…).
What employers are covered? All employers who have more than ten employees are covered by this requirement unless they qualify as part of an exempt low-risk industry. Exempt industries (more than 10 employees) are not required to complete the OSHA 300 Log, or post the OSHA 300A summary.
What is recordable on the OSHA 300 Log? Covered employers must record all work-related injuries and illnesses that result in (1) days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job; (2) loss of consciousness; or (3) medical treatment beyond first aid.
What is work relatedness? Work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities are those in which an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the condition. In addition, if an event or exposure in the work environment significantly aggravated a pre-existing injury or illness, this is also considered work-related.
What is first aid treatment (not recordable)? Non-prescription (OTC) medication; immunizations; cleaning, flushing or soaking wounds on the surface of the skin; wound coverings such as bandages, Band-Aids, gauze pads; hot or cold therapy; elastic bandages, wraps, non-rigid back belts, etc. ; temporary immobilization devices while transporting an accident victim; drilling of a fingernail or toenail to relieve pressure; 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 simple means; massages; and drinking fluids for relief of heat stress.
Question: An employee was injured and received first aid by a physician at a local hospital and was given a prescription for a pain killer “to be filled if necessary”. Is this recordable?
Answer: Yes. Once a prescription is written, this is a recordable injury, even if the it was “fill as needed” and not filled.
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