OSHA requires companies to record work-related incidents if they involve medical treatment beyond first aid. Knowing the difference between first aid and medical treatment beyond first aid will help you improve the accuracy of your OSHA logs and reduce over-reporting.
What's first aid? First aid refers to one-time, short-term medical attention. For example, first aid includes cleaning minor cuts or scrapes, treating minor burns, applying bandages and dressings, the use of non-prescription medicine, draining blisters, removing debris from eyes, massage and drinking fluids to relieve heat stress.
In contrast, OSHA defines medical treatment as the management and care of a patient to combat disease or disorder. For recordkeeping purposes, medical treatment doesn't include visits to a licensed health care professional solely for observation, counseling, diagnostic procedures or first aid.
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