What sections of the Cal/OSHA regulation describe the criteria for recording work-related injuries and illness?
- 14300.5 - Determination of work- relatedness;
- 14300.6 - Determination of a new case;
- 14300.7 - General recording criteria;
- Additional criteria (for cases involving needlesticks & sharps injuries, tuberculosis, & medical removal see 14300.8 - 14300.12 recording criteria for specific health conditions).
Does an employee report of an injury or illness establish the existence of the injury or illness for recordkeeping purposes ?
No, the employer must first determine if an injury or illness has occurred as defined by the applicable sections in the Cal/OSHA recordkeeping regulation:
14300.5; 14300.6; 14300.7; 14300.8 - 14300.12
No, if the employer is unsure as to whether an injury or illness has occurred, they may refer the employee to a physician or other licensed health care professional for their evaluation and opinion.
The employer may consider this opinion to help determine if an injury or illness exists.