OSHA Recordkeeping Compliance for COVID-19 in the Workplace

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping regulations, employers are mandated to record serious occupational injuries and illnesses on the OSHA 300 Log. COVID-19 is a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties but how does an employer determine this? Given the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulty in determining whether transmission of COVID-19 occurred in or outside the workplace, OSHA issued guidance to its Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) in order to evaluate employers’ efforts in determining work relatedness of COVID-19 cases. The guidance clarifies employer obligations and provides a framework for employers to follow when facing a COVID-19 case in the workplace. 

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