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Title: The following situations are not work related (1904.5 – Exceptions)
Type: Text Slide
Cases meeting the conditions of the listed exceptions to work relationship in the rule are not considered work-related and are, therefore, not recordable.
For example, if a grocery store employee is shopping in the store after work, falls and is injured, the employee is present as a member of the general public and the case is not work-related.
Likewise, if an employee has a diabetic episode and must be given prescription medications, the diabetes is solely due to a non-work-related event or exposure, and is not work-related.
Regardless of where signs or symptoms surface, a case is work-related only if a work event or exposure is a discernable cause of the injury or illness or of a significant aggravation to a pre-existing condition.
If an employee passes out giving blood or is injured playing basketball – the case is due to voluntary participation in a wellness or fitness program and is not work-related.
If an employee burns his lip on a cup of coffee or chokes on a sandwich – the case is due to eating food or drink for personal consumption, and is not work-related. If the employee is made ill by ingesting food contaminated by workplace contaminants (such as lead), or gets food poisoning from food supplied by the employer, the case would be considered work-related.