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Is COVID-19 a Recordable Illness for Purposes of OSHA Logs?

I have been receiving this question from multiple employers recently – – Is COVID-19 a recordable illness for purposes of OSHA Logs?

OSHA recently published guidance on this issue. OSHA record-keeping requirements mandate covered employers record certain work-related injuries and illnesses on their OSHA 300 log. You must record instances of workers contracting COVID-19 if the worker contracts the virus while on the job. The illness is NOT recordable if the worker was exposed to the virus while off the clock.

You are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if (and only if):

  • The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19; and
  • The case is work-related, as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5  (click HERE to view); and
  • The case involves one or more of the general recording criteria set forth in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g. medical treatment beyond first-aid, days away from work, etc.).

If you want more information on this, feel free to call me or you can check out the OSHA Covid-19 page by clicking HERE. 

  • Brad