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    Title: The following situations are not work related (1904.5 – Exceptions)
    Type: Text Slide

    • Personal tasks outside assigned working hours
    • Personal grooming, self medication for non-work-related condition, or intentionally self-inflicted
    • Motor vehicle accident in parking lot/access road during commute
    • Common cold or flu
    • Mental illness, unless employee voluntarily provides a medical opinion from a physician or licensed health care professional (PLHCP) having appropriate qualifications and experience that affirms work-relatedness
    Speaker Notes:

    If an employee uses the employer’s sewing machine to make tents for the Girl Scouts after the shift has ended, this is a personal task outside of assigned working hours and any injury that would occur during that task is not work-related.

    If an employee has a negative reaction to asthma medication for personal allergies, gets mascara in the eye, or commits suicide – the cases are from self medication for a non-work-related condition, personal grooming, or intentionally self-inflicted and are not work-related.

    If an employee is injured in a motor vehicle accident going to or leaving work at the beginning or end of the shift, or for a personal errand – the case is not work-related. However, if the employee slips on the ice in the parking lot, or is in a car wreck doing business - the case is work-related.
    If an employee catches a cold or the flu, the case is not work-related.

    Mental illness is work-related only if the employee voluntarily provides the employer with a written opinion from a PLHCP with appropriate qualifications and experience that affirms a work-related mental illness. The employer is under no responsibility to seek out mental illnesses. In addition, the employer may also get a second opinion from another PLHCP and accept the opinion of the most qualified PLHCP.