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Standard Interpretations - (Archived) Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1904
• Status: Archived

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December 19, 1991

MEMORANDUM FOR:     JOHN PHILLIPS
                   Regional Administrator, Region VII
                   (Attention:  Gary Steele)

THRU:               LEO CAREY, DIRECTOR
                   Office of Field Programs

FROM:               STEPHEN NEWELL, ACTING DIRECTOR
                   Office of Statistics

SUBJECT:            Recordkeeping Interpretation for U.S. West Communications
Thank you for forwarding Ms. Schuller's letter concerning the recording of illness cases that occurred in their Omaha and Walla Walla facilities.

Because the cases she described did not result from an instantaneous event, these cases should be treated under the illness criteria for recordability on the OSHA 200 Log. As noted on page 37, section D, of the Recordkeeping Guidelines for Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, all work related illnesses must be recorded.

Question E-16 on page 42 of the Guidelines addresses the situation of subjective symptoms and work relationship. Due to the fact that 60 employees reported the same symptoms over a two day period, there is little doubt that a work relationship exists. The fact that it may have been a panic attack is of little relevance. This would still be a work related condition.

Since the work relationship and illness criteria are both met in situations 1 through 4 in Omaha and 1 through 3 in Walla Walla, these cases should be recorded on the OSHA 200 Log.

Situation 5 in Omaha and 4 in Walla Walla do not meet the illness criteria for recordability. Exposures in and of themselves, without any resulting consequences, are not recordable on the OSHA 200 Log.

If you have any questions, please contact my staff at (202) 523- 1463.
Archive Notice - OSHA Archive

NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.

Standard Interpretations - (Archived) Table of Contents

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