Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illness ("OSHA 300 Log")

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:

  • Death
  • 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
  • Massages
  • 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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