Broadspire’s OSHA service alleviates administrative burdens by taking on recordability determinations, building data quality in to the process, and assisting with year-end log posting and electronic reporting. Contact an expert today for a free OSHA consultation to find out if you could benefit from our service. Below is an announcement on how the Broadspire OSHA service is responding to COVID-19; if you are already a customer, please contact your Account Executive for more information.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recordkeeping requirements (29 CFR Part 1904) mandate that covered employers record certain work-related injuries and illnesses on their OSHA 300 log. COVID-19 can be a recordable illness if a worker is infected as a result of performing their work-related duties. In order for employers to be responsible for the recording of COVID-19 cases, ALL of the following must be true:
- The case is a confirmed case of COVID-19 (see CDC information on confirmed cases)
- The case is work-related (as defined by 29 CFR 1904.5(b)(1))
- The case involves medical treatment beyond first aid or any of the more general recording criteria (set forth in CFR 1904.7)
On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and the extent of transmission has been rapidly evolving. OSHA recognizes that as there are increasing numbers of places where there is ongoing community transmission, institutions may have difficulty making determinations of work-relatedness. In light of those difficulties, OSHA has announced they are exercising their enforcement discretion (2020-04-10 enforcement memo). OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904 to require many employers to make work-relatedness determinations on confirmed COVID-19 cases except where there is objective evidence that is reasonably available to the employer. They believe this temporary enforcement policy will help employers to focus their response efforts on implementing good hygiene practices in their workplace and otherwise mitigating COVID-19s effects.
Broadspire’s OSHA Recordkeeping service is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by incorporating the most up-to-date COVID-19 guidance into our processes, case handling instructions, and algorithms. We are engaging with the clients of our OSHA service to assist with their unique OSHA recordkeeping data and needs while also providing resources and advisement. We commit to staying up to date with the latest OSHA guidance as both the pandemic and OSHA’s response to it evolve.
The OSHA website has the most up to date OSHA information relating to COVID-19; including a full list of related memos, their effective dates and status.