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What is a work-related injury?

Posted by admin on December 15, 2015

What is a work-related injury? Construction worker clutches knee at a building site.Incidents that are not work-related do not need to be recorded on your OSHA recordkeeping logs, so determining work-relatedness is key to ensuring that you're recording everything you need to.

An injury is defined as work-related 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. 

What is the "work environment"?

OSHA defines the work environment as "the establishment and other locations where one or more employees are working or are present as a condition of their employment. The work environment includes not only physical locations, but also the equipment or materials used by the employee during the course of his or her work."

Could a non-work related incident occur in the workplace?

Yes! There are several circumstances in which an incident would not be defined as work-related, including if:

  • At the time of the incident, an employee was present in the work environment as a member of the general public rather than as an employee.
  • The incident results solely from voluntary participation in a wellness program or in a medical, fitness, or recreational activity such as blood donation, physical examination, flu shot, or exercise class.
  • The incident 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.
  • 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.

Still unsure whether an incident needs to be recorded on your recordkeeping logs? Check out our ultimate guide to OSHA recordkeeping.

To learn how IndustrySafe safety management software can help your company with conducting incident analyses and maintaining OSHA compliance, contact us today.

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