An injury or illness is considered to be RECORDABLE (and, therefore, must be recorded on OSHA logs) if it meets any of the following criteria:
  • Any work-related fatality.
  • Any work-related injury or illness that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job.
  • Any work-related injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.
    • OSHA defines first aid as:
      • Using a non-prescription medication at nonprescription 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 surface of the skin
      • Using wound coverings such as bandages, Band-Aids™, gauze pads, etc.; or using butterfly bandages or Steri-Strips™ (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, backboards, 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.
    • Any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones or teeth, and punctured eardrums.
    • There are also special recording criteria for work-related cases involving: needle sticks and sharps injuries; medical removal; hearing loss; and tuberculosis.
Fatalities and Severe Injuries considered to be REPORTABLE (and, therefore, reported to OSHA in the time frame specified) are as follows:
  • A work-related fatality must be reported to OSHA within 8 hours.
  • An injury resulting in the in-patient hospitalization of a single worker must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours. *Reporting requirements changed in 2015 to include the in-patient hospitalization of a single worker rather than the hospitalization of three or more workers.
    • OSHA defines in-patient hospitalization as a formal admission to the in-patient service of a hospital or clinic for care or treatment. Treatment in an Emergency Room only is not reportable.
  • An injury resulting in an amputation must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours.
    • OSHA defines an amputation as the traumatic loss of all or part of a limb or other external body part. This would include fingertip amputations with or without bone loss; medical amputations resulting from irreparable damage; and amputations of body parts that have since been reattached. *If and when there is a health care professional’s diagnosis available, the employer should rely on that diagnosis.
  • An injury resulting in the loss of an eye must be reported to OSHA within 24 hours.
FAQ: What if the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye does not occur during or right after the work-related incident?

OSHA states that If a fatality occurs within 30 days of the work-related incident, or if an in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye occurs within 24 hours of the work-related incident, then you must report the event to OSHA.