Q. What is an OSHA recordable injury?
A. OSHA, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, regulates workplace safety for all of private industry, both goods-producing and service-providing. OSHA also has some data on safety in state and local government. A “recordable” is a work-related injury or illness that must be recorded on an OSHA log, which must be available if OSHA inspects. Fatalities must be reported, not just recorded, as must inpatient hospitalization, amputation, and loss of an eye. In simplest terms, an OSHA recordable is an injury requiring a doctor’s intervention. The range is wide. A recordable could be a simple as being given prescription medicine or as serious as surgery. The worst cases would be fatalities. Lost-time cases occur when the worker is unable to come to work. Restricted duty cases are those in which the person can work but not do his or her usual job. Other recordables are less serious injuries. The OSHA recordable rate, used for all kinds of business, is based on 200,000 work hours, the number worked by 100 people in 12 months. The number of hours worked at a specific business affects its recordable rate. In a big company, one injury may produce a rate of less than 1 per 100 injuries in a year. In a small company, one injury results in a high rate. The chemical industry typically has better recordable rates than manufacturing as a whole and safer than education and health services. Slides contain some comparisons of recordable rates. (#5– September 2016 – Facilitator)Read more Questions and Answers about Deer Park industry.
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