Managing Injuries

Part of managing risk is dealing with accidents correctly when they do happen.

Primary differences between recordable and non-recordable injuries:

Recordable Injury/Illness
  • Fatality
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Days away from work (severity) due to injury/illness
  • Restricted/light duty work ordered by provider
  • Transfer to another job
  • Medical treatment beyond first aid, such as:
    • Diagnostic test with positive findings (x-rays, CT scan, etc.)
    • Usually includes admission to hospital
    • Sutures given
    • Therapy prescribed/given
    • Using a type of derma-bond material to close a wound
  • Prescription medications (including general OTC medications given at prescription level)
  • Significant injury/illness diagnosed by a physician
  • Accident/illness happened in the course of work
Non-Recordable Injury/Illness
  • Visit to provider solely for observation or evaluation
  • Diagnostic tests done but negative findings
  • First aid given, including:
    • Tetanus shot
    • Cleaning, flushing or soaking surface wound
    • Wound coverings (includes butterfly bandage, steristrips)
    • Hot/cold therapy (ice pack, etc.)
    • Non-rigid type of support (wrap)
    • Temporary immobilization device used to transport accident victims
    • Drilling of fingernail/toenail
    • Draining fluid from blister
    • Eye patch
    • Removing foreign body from eye with irrigation/cotton swab
    • Removing splinters/foreign body from all other areas by irrigation, tweezers, swab, etc.
    • Finger guard
    • Massage
    • Drink fluids for relief of heat stress
    • Using a type of liquid bandage which only covers a wound
  • Non-prescription or OTC medications given
  • Accident/illness happened outside course of work
    • i.e., walking in parking lot after hours. This would be different if an employee were in the parking lot for work reasons – such as removing snow – in which case this would be recordable.
  • Personal Illness
    • EXCEPTION: Must call OSHA if fatal heart attack – OSHA will investigate to determine work-relatedness