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| Standard Number:||1904|
July 18, 1996
Dear [Name Withheld]:
Thank you for your letter dated June 25, requesting clarification of the OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping requirements for injury cases which result in treatment with prescription medication.
As stated on page 43 of the Recordkeeping Guidelines for Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, medical treatment includes "Use of PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS (except a single dose administered on first visit for minor injury or discomfort)." The case described in your letter resulted in the use of 1) a single dose of prescription medication employed as a local anesthetic and 2) a single dose of prescription medication used to treat/prevent infection. The treatment of this injury involved the use of two doses of prescription medication and is therefore considered medical treatment for OSHA recordkeeping purposes.
For your information, OSHA is in the process of revising its injury and illness recordkeeping requirements. As can be seen on page 4059 of the enclosed Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, we are proposing to include the use of prescription drugs for diagnostic purposes within the definition of "first aid".
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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