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April 18, 1996

Jerry Carter
Safety Director
Cerro Copper Products Co.
Post Office Box 66800
St. Louis, Missouri 63166-6800

Dear Mr. Carter:

Thank you for your letter dated March 26, requesting information regarding deletion of non-recordable and changed case entries from the OSHA 200 Log. It is acceptable to completely delete a line entry that is found not to be recordable or correct. Use of a computer program, correction fluid, eraser, or any other technique of entry removal is acceptable. The main issue is not the writing instrument used to maintain the injury and illness records but rather that the records be legible, complete and accurate.

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


Bob Whitmore
Division of Recordkeeping Requirements