• Part Number:
  • Part Number Title:
    Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
  • Subpart:
    1904 Subpart B
  • Subpart Title:
  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    Partial exemption for employers with 10 or fewer employees.
  • GPO Source:
Basic requirement.

If your company had 10 or fewer employees at all times during the last calendar year, you do not need to keep OSHA injury and illness records unless OSHA or the Bureau of Labor Statistics informs you in writing that you must keep records under § 1904.41 or § 1904.42. However, as required by § 1904.39, all employers covered by the OSH Act must report to OSHA any work-related incident that results in a fatality, the in-patient hospitalization of one or more employees, an employee amputation, or an employee loss of an eye.

If your company had more than ten (10) employees at any time during the last calendar year, you must keep OSHA injury and illness records unless your establishment is classified as a partially exempt industry under § 1904.2.
Is the partial exemption for size based on the size of my entire company or on the size of an individual business establishment? The partial exemption for size is based on the number of employees in the entire company.

How do I determine the size of my company to find out if I qualify for the partial exemption for size? To determine if you are exempt because of size, you need to determine your company's peak employment during the last calendar year. If you had no more than 10 employees at any time in the last calendar year, your company qualifies for the partial exemption for size.

[59 FR 15600, April 1, 1994; 62 FR 6434, Feb. 11, 1997; 62 FR 44552, Aug. 22, 1997; 66 FR 6122, Jan. 19, 2001; 85 FR 8731, Feb 18, 2020]