Many employers often wonder if they have to report certain injuries or incidents. Is it a recordable or is it not? What if they didn’t go to the doctor? What if they received treatment?
If healthcare professionals diagnose employees with an injury or illness and the company determines that it is work-related, then OSHA says you must record the case and report the case on your OSHA Logs.
Regardless, SRP Safety Consultants recommend that you always record the injury or illness within your company’s internal reporting system. It is good practice to keep track of all near misses on the job and take pro-active measures to ensure that the incident does not happen again. For example, if an employee trips on an extension cord, but does not injure themselves and does not receive treatment from a doctor, then this would be considered a near miss. The employer could discuss slips, trips and falls during a toolbox meeting following the near miss.
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Source: Safety Compliance Alert, December 11, 2017, Vol 24 No 539