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Recording and Reporting Work Related Events

Reference Number: MTAS-1491
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: September 09, 2016
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A work-related injury or illness must be recorded on the OSHA 300 Log if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing injury or illness. Work-relatedness is presumed for injuries and illnesses resulting from events or exposures occurring in the work environment unless a specific exception exists. 29 C.F.R. § 1904.5(a).

According to C.F.R. § 1904.5(b)(2), you do not have to record injuries and illnesses if...

  1. At the time of the injury or illness, the employee was present in the work environment as a member of the general public.
  2. The injury or illness reveals signs or symptoms that surface at work but result solely from a non-work-related event or exposure outside the work environment.
  3. The injury or illness results solely from voluntary participation in a wellness program or a medical, fitness, or recreational activity such as a blood donation, physical examination, flu shot, exercise class, racquetball or baseball.
  4. The injury or illness is solely the result of an employee eating, drinking, or preparing food or drink for personal consumption (whether bought on the employer's premises or brought in). For example, if the employee is injured by choking on a sandwich while in the employer's establishment, the case would not be considered work-related. (note - if the employee is made ill by ingesting food contaminated by workplace contaminants (such as lead), or gets food poisoning from food supplied by the employer, the case would be considered work-related.
  5. The injury or illness is solely the result of an employee doing personal tasks (unrelated to their employment) at the establishment outside of the employee's assigned working hours.
  6. The injury or illness is solely the result of personal grooming, self-medication for a non-work-related condition, or is intentionally self-inflicted.
  7. The injury or illness is caused by a motor vehicle accident and occurs on a company parking lot or company access road while the employee is commuting to or from work.
  8. The illness is the common cold or flu (Note: contagious diseases such as tuberculosis, brucellosis, hepatitis A, or plague are considered work-related if the employee is infected at work).
  9. The illness is a mental illness. Mental illness will not be considered work-related unless the employee voluntarily provides the employer with an opinion from a physician or other licensed health care professional with appropriate training and experience (psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, etc.) stating that the employee has a mental illness that is work-related.
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