March 09, 2020 | IndustryWeek | 1 minute read

Bracewell’s Bob Nichols and Caroline Melo explain in a recent IndustryWeek article how coronavirus and other contagious illnesses may need to be recorded on certain OSHA records as work-related illnesses.

Conscientious safety professionals typically devote a great deal of time over the course of their careers learning when particular instances of physical injury suffered by employees, such as back, knee or wrist pain, must be recorded on OSHA 300 and 301 forms.

Recent contingency planning for potential employee coronavirus cases, however, has reminded occupational safety specialists that work-related illnesses generally must also be recorded if the condition meets the applicable recording criteria of OSHA regulations. Understanding when an illness is OSHA recordable can often be even more daunting than the task of recognizing when a physical injury is properly recorded.

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