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OSHA Recordkeeping Questions from Yesterday's Webinar



During yesterday’s 2021 R2 VPP Self-Evaluation webinar, a few questions came up about OSHA recordkeeping and telework (which has increased significantly since the start of the pandemic).


There are several OSHA references that you may find helpful:


1904.5(b)(7)

How do I decide if a case is work-related when the employee is working at home? Injuries and illnesses that occur while an employee is working at home, including work in a home office, will be considered work-related if the injury or illness occurs while the employee is performing work for pay or compensation in the home, and the injury or illness is directly related to the performance of work rather than to the general home environment or setting. For example, if an employee drops a box of work documents and injures his or her foot, the case is considered work-related. If an employee's fingernail is punctured by a needle from a sewing machine used to perform garment work at home, becomes infected and requires medical treatment, the injury is considered work-related. If an employee is injured because he or she trips on the family dog while rushing to answer a work phone call, the case is not considered work-related. If an employee working at home is electrocuted because of faulty home wiring, the injury is not considered work-related.

https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1904/1904.5

https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standardinterpretations/2009-03-30

Q: If employees have a home office that they work from part or most of the time, are they required to complete the annual Form 300?

A: No, for employees who telecommute from home, the employee's home is not a business establishment and a separate 300 Log is not required. Recordable injuries and illnesses that occur at the employee's home should be recorded on the Log of the establishment the employee is linked to.

FAQ ID: 296

Source: OSHA e-correspondence

https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/faq-search?combine=telecommute

Q: Does "Total hours worked by all employees last year" include holiday, sick, and bereavement leave?

A: No, you do not include vacation, sick leave, holidays, or any other non-work time, even if the employees were paid for it. Include hours worked by salaried, hourly, part-time and seasonal workers, as well as hours worked by other workers subject to day to day supervision by your establishment (e.g., temporary help services workers).

FAQ ID: 575

Source: OSHA e-correspondence

https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/faq-search?combine=%22bereavement+leave%22

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