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CAI occasionally receives questions about recording employee work restrictions on the OSHA 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). Employee work restrictions due to occupational injury or illness need to be recorded on the OSHA 300 if the restriction affects one or more of an employee’s routine job functions (CAI recommends that the attending physician understand what the employee duties are and the related physical and mental requirements for such).
Sometimes a physician will restrict an employee from working the employee’s normal full day. Employers, on occasion, may temporarily transfer an employee with restrictions to another position. These two scenarios should also be recorded as restricted activity on the log. If you permanently assign the injured or ill employee to a job that has been modified or accommodates the employee’s restrictions, you may stop the restriction day count when the transfer is made permanent. You must however, count at least one day of restricted work or job transfer for such cases. Weekends and holidays should also be included when counting days of restricted activity.
Work restrictions that do not affect any of an employee’s routine job functions or do not prevent an employee from working a normal workday need not be recorded.
For more information about OSHA recordkeeping requirements go here.
If you have questions about OSHA recordkeeping/reporting please give me a call at 919-713-5267.