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| Standard Number:||1904|
May 19, 1994
Barbara J. Coyle, RN
2558 South Williams Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207
Dear Ms. Coyle:
Thank you for your letter dated April 21 requesting guidance on the proper recording of needlestick injuries on the OSHA 200 Log. A needlestick injury shall be recorded if it meets one or more of the following requirements:
1. The incident results in a loss of consciousness, transfer to another job, or a work restriction, or
2. The incident results in the administration or recommendation of medical treatment beyond first aid (e.g., gamma globulin, hepatitis B immune globulin, hepatitis B vaccine, zidovudine, or other prescription medications), or
3. The incident results in a diagnosis of seroconversion.
Upon review of the criteria outlined in your letter, we have determined that your method of recording needlesticks on the OSHA 200 Log is accurate and complete. If a case, upon investigation of lab values of the worker and the source patient, does not involve any of the above criteria it need not be recorded.
I am enclosing our latest memoranda providing clarification on recording cases involving bloodborne pathogens on the OSHA 200 Log. I hope you find this information useful. If you have any further questions, please contact us at Area Code (202) 219-6463.
Division of Recordkeeping Requirements
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