Managing Injuries

Part of managing risk is dealing with accidents correctly when they do happen. The chart below shows the difference between recordable and non-recordable injuries:

Recordable Injury/Illness Non-Recordable Injury/Illness



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



Diagnostic tests 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

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 finger nail/toe nail
  • 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

Prescription medications (including general OTC medications given at prescription level)

Non-prescription or over the counter medications given

Significant injury/illness diagnosed by a physician


Accident/illness happened in the course of work

Accident/illness happened outside course of work (i.e., walking in parking lot after work hours.  This would be different, however if an employee were in the parking lot for work reasons, such as removing snow in which this would be recordable)


Personal illness (EXCEPTION:  Must call OSHA if fatal heart attack – OSHA will investigate to determine work-relatedness)