To determine OSHA Recordability read through the questions below:
The following work-related cases are considered OSHA recordable. (1904.7(b)(7))
Did the case involve Death?
Did the case involve loss of consciousness?
Did the case involve restriction of work or motion?
Did the case involve transfer to another job?
Did the case involve Cancer?
Did the case involve chronic irreversible disease?
Did the case involve fractured or cracked bone?
Did the case involve a punctured eardrum?
DOES THE CASE INVOLVE MEDICAL TREATMENT? (1904.7(b)(5) )
Medical treatment means the management and care of a patient for the purpose of combating disease or disorder.
The following are considered medical treatments and are recordable.
Immunizations, such as Hepatitis B vaccine or rabies vaccine,
Wound closing devices such as sutures, staples, etc.,
Devices with rigid stays or other systems designed to immobilize parts of the body
Recommendation by a physician or other licensed health care professional to use a non- prescription medication at prescription strength
Physical therapy or chiropractic treatment
The following are not considered medical treatments and are NOT recordable.
Visits to a physician or other licensed health care professional solely for observation or counseling;
The conduct of diagnostic procedures, such as x-rays and blood tests, including the administration of prescription medications used solely for diagnostic purposes (e.g., eye drops to dilate pupils); or
Any procedure that can be labeled first aid.
DOES THE CASE INVOLVE FIRST AID TREATMENT? (1904.7(b)(5)(ii))
If the incident required only the following types of treatment, consider it first aid.
Using non-prescription medications at non-prescription strength; (for medications available in both prescription and non-prescription form, a recommendation by a physician or other licensed health care professional to use a non-prescription medication at prescription strength is considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes);
Administering tetanus immunizations (other immunizations, such as Hepatitis B vaccine or rabies vaccine, are considered medical treatment);
Cleaning, flushing, or soaking wounds on the skin surface;
Using wound coverings, such as bandages, BandAids, gauze pads, etc., or using Steri-Strips or butterfly bandages (other wound closing devices such as sutures, staples, etc., are considered medical treatment);
Using hot or cold therapy;
Using any non-rigid means of support, such as elastic bandages, wraps, non-rigid back belts, etc. (devices with rigid stays or other systems designed to immobilize parts of the body are considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes);
Using temporary immobilization devices while transporting an accident victim (e.g., splints, slings, neck collars, back boards, etc.).
Drilling of a fingernail or toenail to relieve pressure, or draining fluid from a blister;
Using 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 irrigation, tweezers, cotton swabs or other simple means;
Using finger guards;
Using massages (physical therapy or chiropractic treatment are considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes); or
Drinking fluids for relief of heat stress.
For a complete question and answer guideline see: http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=9638