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• Standard Number: 1904
• Status: Archived

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NOTICE: This is an OSHA Archive Document, and may no longer represent OSHA Policy. It is presented here as historical content, for research and review purposes only.

January 13, 1994

MEMORANDUM FOR:     REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS

ATTENTION:          REGIONAL RECORDKEEPING COORDINATORS

THRU:               LEO CAREY Director
                   Office of Field Programs

FROM:               BOB WHITMORE Chief, Division of
                   Recordkeeping Requirements Office of Statistics

SUBJECT:            Recording Bloodborne related cases on the OSHA 200 Log
Work Relationship

The bloodborne standard and the recordkeeping regulations are two separate rules and have different scopes of coverage. While the bloodborne standard applies to specific occupations, the injury and illness recordkeeping requirements cover all employees as defined in the OSH Act: "...one who is employed in the business of his employer" (see Q & A A-1, page 2 of the Recordkeeping Guidelines for Occupational Injuries and Illnesses). As described in Q & A C-11, on page 35 of the Guidelines, coverage is intended to go beyond specific job tasks to encompass the total work environment. Cases meeting the criteria outlined on page 6 of CPL 2-2.44C must be recorded on the OSHA Log 200 whether the employee is covered by the bloodborne standard (e.g. designated first aid responders, etc.) or not (e.g. Good Samaritan, etc.).

Privacy

While OSHA is sensitive to the issue of personal privacy and the effect disclosure can have on employee reporting, the use of coded personal identifiers on the OSHA 200 Log and Summary of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and the OSHA 101 Supplementary Record of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses is not permissible. All cases on the Log must contain the injured or ill employee's name. The issue of ones personal privacy versus another worker's right to know will be addressed in the 29 CFR 1904 revision proposal scheduled for next year.

As set out on page 6 of CPL 2-2.44C , in the case that a seroconversion is known, it shall be recorded on the OSHA 200 log as an injury (e.g., "needlestick, laceration, etc"), not as a seroconversion. This approach allows the employer to record the case and provide necessary information to other employees without revealing the seroconversion status of the affected worker.

Please reference the attached memorandum dated 04/01/93 from this office and page 6 of CPL 2-2.44C for further information on this subject. Also please make sure that your Bloodborne Coordinators are made aware of this information.


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.


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