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June 16, 1997
William M. Bernhart, CIH
4008 Alden Drive
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15220
Dear Mr. Bernhart:
Thank you for your letter dated June 2, 1997 asking if rust ring treatment of an eye injury is an OSHA recordable case.
As indicated on page 43 of the Recordkeeping Guidelines for Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, any form of removal of foreign bodies embedded in the eye is considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes. This would include any technique to remove rust ring from the cornea. If the foreign body is not embedded, removal by means of irrigation or the use of a cotton swab are considered first aid. Any other means of removal (e.g. spud, etc.) must be considered medical treatment.
I hope you find this information helpful. If you have any further questions or comments, please contact my staff at Area Code (202) 219-6463.
Division of Recordkeeping Requirements
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