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August 30, 1991
Ms. Linda Balas
Environmental Management and Training Systems, Inc.
4413 Copper Creek Lane
Toledo, Ohio 43615
Thank you for your letter of July 29 requesting clarification of the OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping requirements for injury cases which result in treatment with prescription medications.
As stated on page 43 of the Recordkeeping Guidelines for Occupational Injuries and Illness, medical treatment includes "Use of PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS (except a single dose administered on first visit for minor injury or discomfort)". The case you describe in your letter resulted in the use of 1) a single dose of prescription eye drops employed as a local anesthetic and 2) a single dose of prescription eye drops used to treat/prevent infection. The treatment of this injury clearly involved the use of two doses of prescription medication and is therefore considered medical treatment for OSHA recordkeeping purposes.
I hope this information will answer your questions about the recordkeeping requirements. If you have further questions please contact my staff at (202) 523-1463.
Stephen A. Newell
Office of Statistics
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