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September 10, 1993

Mr. David E. Jones
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
3800 One Atlantic Center
1201 West Peachtree Street, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Dear Mr. Jones:

Thank you for your letter dated August 19, requesting an interpretation concerning the location and maintenance of OSHA injury and illness records. Guidance on the location of records can be found in sections B and C on pages 20 through 22 of the Recordkeeping Guidelines for Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.

It is possible to prepare and maintain the Log at an alternate location if two requirements are met: (1) Sufficient information must be available at the alternate location to complete the Log entry within 6 workdays after the receipt of information that a recordable case has occurred; and (2) a copy of the Log updated to within 45 calendar days must be present at all times in the establishment. Please be aware that the location exception applies only to the Log, and not to the other OSHA records (e.g. Supplementary Record of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, OSHA 101).

If the establishment is capable of printing the Log immediately upon request, it will be considered to be within compliance of 29 CFR 1904.2. Based upon the description of your client's system, we are unable to evaluate it for compliance. However, as we discussed last week, it would depend on whether the system allowed the establishment to print out the required information - - such as by remote terminal -- or if the system merely allowed the establishment to make a request for the information -- such as by telephone. The former would satisfy the above requirement, the latter would not.

I hope you find this information useful. If you have any further questions, please contact my staff at Area Code (202) 219-6463.


Bob Whitmore Chief
Division of Recordkeeping Requirements