What Should and Should Not Be Recorded
If your workplace has had an injury/illness that resulted in any of the following, then it should be recorded on your Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses:
- Days away from work
- Restricted work
- Transfer to another job
- Loss of consciousness
- Medical treatment beyond first aid (see below)
The following are considered to be first aid measures and therefore should not be recorded on the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses:
- Using a nonprescription medication at nonprescription strength
- Tetanus immunization
- Cleaning, flushing or soaking wounds on the surface of the skin
- Using wound covers such as bandages, gauze pads, butterfly bandages, steri-strips
- Hot or cold therapy
- Using non-rigid means of support (elastic bandages, wraps, non-rigid back belts, etc.)
- Using temporary immobilization devices for transport (splints, slings, neck collars, back boards etc.)
- Drilling of fingernail/toenail to relieve pressure/drain fluids
- Using eye patches
- Removing foreign bodies from the eye using only irrigation/cotton swab
- Removing splinters/foreign material from areas other than the eye by irrigation, tweezers, cotton swabs or other simple means
- Using finger guards
- Drinking fluids for relief of heat stress
NOTE: Additionally, diagnostic procedures (x-rays, blood tests) should not be recorded.
Not sure if something should be recorded? Call us!
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration: 617-565-9860
- Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards: 508-616-0461
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