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June 6, 1995

Note For:      Jim Hogue

From:          Stephen Newell
              OSHA Office of Statistics

Subject:       OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements

Per our recent telephone conversation, I am sending you this note regarding the proper recording of lost time on the OSHA 200 Log of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. If an employee suffers a work related injury or illness and is unable to report to the work establishment, the time lost must be counted as days away from work regardless of whether that employee was able to perform work at his or her personal residence. I hope you find this information useful. If you have any further questions, please contact my staff at Area Code (202) 219-6463.