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


June 23, 2006

Mr. Brian Allen
Gold Toe Brands, Inc.
7110 East Washington Street
Mebane, NC 27302

Dear Mr. Allen:

Thank you for your March 24, 2006 letter concerning Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) injury and illness recordkeeping requirements of 29 CFR Part 1904. You requested specific guidance on recordkeeping requirements found in 1904.7(b)(4), more specifically work-related injury or illness that results in restricted work. Your question has been rephrased below.

Question: An employee is injured and is placed under a work restriction(s) by a physician; however, the employer does not have any available restricted work for a period of time. Should this case be classified as "Days away from work" or "Job transfer or restriction"?

Answer: We will assume the employer sent the employee home since there wasn't any restricted work available for the employee at the establishment. As the 1/20/2000 Federal Register preamble discussion, of section 1904.7 states, "the final rule's restricted work provisions also clarify that work restriction must be imposed by the employer or be recommended by a health care professional before the case is recordable. Only the employer has the ultimate authority to restrict an employee's work, so the definition is clear that, although a health care professional may recommend the restriction, the employer makes the final determination of whether or not the health care professional's recommended restriction involves the employee's routine functions. Restricted work assignments may involve several steps: an HCP's recommendation, or employer's determination to restrict the employee's work, the employer's analysis of jobs to determine whether a suitable job is available, and assignment of the employee to that job. All such restricted work cases are recordable,