When an employee reports a recordable work-related chronic condition to the employer, what is the correct date of injury? Occasionally, when employees first report chronic work-related health problems, such as repetitive motion stress, they state that the condition first occurred months or years in the past. If the condition is recordable, should the employer log the date the employee thinks the condition began, the date the employee reported the condition, or the date at which the condition became sufficiently disabling to trigger recordability?

In continuing exposure scenarios, you should use the date that the case meets the recordability criteria. Otherwise, the case should be recorded using the date which the injury or illness occurred. Where the date of injury or illness cannot be determined, the date the employee reported the symptoms or received treatment must be used.

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