What counts as a recordable injury for OSHA?

The deadline to submit paperwork to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA forms 300 and 301 – is only a few short months away. On February 1, employers with more than 10 employees will be required to submit their logs of recordable injuries and illnesses, while also posting a summary of these incidents in the workplace where any staff members can see the data. If you're on top of the game and you make use of safety training software such as IndustrySafe, this deadline is probably no sweat as you've likely been tracking incidents carefully over the past year.

But if you haven't and you're just now beginning to find out how to assemble these submission materials, you may be wondering what exactly qualifies as a recordable injury. 

The main thing to understand is that OSHA counts both injuries that occurred in the workplace, as well as the aggravation of past injuries and illnesses as a result of occupational hazards, to be "recordable." The agency has a very broad definition for how to determine whether an incident should be recorded, which includes any event that resulted in "death, days away from work, medical treatment beyond first-aid, loss of consciousness, acute or chronic illness" and more. They provide more detailed explanations on their website, which you can visit by clicking here.

If this is your first year filing OSHA paperwork, or you need a refresher course, we invite you to participate in IndustrySafe's OSHA webinar on December 12, which you can register for by visiting our website.