Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1904.7; 1904.7(b)(3); 1904.7(b)(4)(i)


This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation only of the requirements discussed and may not be applicable to any situation not delineated within the original correspondence.


April 25, 2006

Ms. Linda Ballas & Associates
4413 Copper Creek Lane
Toledo, Ohio 43615

Dear Ms. Ballas:

This is in response to your letter dated January 6, 2006. In your letter, you presented the scenario listed below and requested clarification of how it should be recorded on the OSHA Form 300.

Question: An employee has a work-related occupational injury and is examined by the company physician. The employee can be returned to work, full duty; however, the employee is given a 20-pound lifting restriction, or a "do not use left hand" restriction for 3 weeks. The restriction is given because the employees may get rotated for non-routine tasks, or equipment breakdown that might occur once or twice a month. By issuing the restriction, the supervisor knows not to allow that employee to do non-routine tasks. Is this still considered a work restriction for recordkeeping purposes and do the total days need to be counted on the OSHA Log since the restriction is for non-routine tasks and the physician is saying the employee can perform all of his normal routine work and work the full work day?

Answer: This case should not be considered as a case involving restricted work activity. §1904.7(b)(4)(i)(A) states that restricted work occurs when an employer keeps the employee from performing one or more of the routine functions of his or her job