OSHA - Medical Treatment or First Aid?

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Published Date: 07/14/2014


George; Ports

By George Ports


One of the general recordkeeping criteria for recording injuries and illnesses on the OSHA Log 300 is if medical treatment is provided. Medical treatment defined by OSHA “means the management and care of a patient to combat disease or disorder.” OSHA specifically states however, that a mere visit to a physician or other licensed health care professional solely for observation or counseling is not medical treatment. OSHA also specifies that “first aid” is not considered medical treatment and therefore does not have to be recorded. Some examples of “first aid” as provided by OSHA are as follows:


  • A health care professional using a non-prescription medication at a non-prescription strength.
  • The administration of tetanus immunizations (other immunizations such as Hepatitis B vaccine or rabies vaccine are considered medical treatment).
  • Cleaning, flushing or soaking wounds on the surface of the skin.
  • Using wound coverings such as bandages, gauze pads, butterfly bandages (sutures and staples would be considered medical).
  • Using cold or hot therapy.


For additional examples of “first aid” treatment, go to http://j.mp/os-ha3 and scroll down to 1904.7(b)(5)(ii)(A).