All employers should know how to properly report workplace injuries and illnesses.
Your prospects and client are most likely familiar with OSHA recordkeeping, but that does not necessarily mean that they are doing so correctly. Making mistakes in your OSHA recordkeeping can lead to long investigations and expensive penalties. Use this guide to recordkeeping requirements to ensure you don’t run into any issues.
The recordkeeping requirements that are laid out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that certain covered employers prepare and maintain records of all serious occupational illnesses and injuries. All work-related illnesses or injuries that meet certain criteria have to be entered onto the relevant OSHA forms within seven days of its occurrence.
Illness or Injury
According to OSHA, an illness or injury is an abnormal disorder or condition. Illnesses and injuries can include cases such as sprains, fractures, cuts, respiratory conditions, and skin diseases. Injuries can also consist of subjective symptoms, including pain or aches.
According to OSHA, work-related illnesses or injuries contributed to, are caused, or are significantly aggravated by exposures or events that occur in the work environment. Work related illnesses or injuries occur in the workplace or in any areas that an employee is located as part of their employment. If work contributes to the illness or injury in any way, it is considered work-related for the purposes of OSHA recordkeeping. Keep in mind that there are some activities that happen in the work environment that are not considered work-related by OSHA, including injuries that are the result of drinking, eating, or preparing their own food.
More information on OSHA recordkeeping requirements can be found online.
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