Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1904.7; 1904.7(b); 1904.7(b)(5)(ii)

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.

February 6, 2007

Ms. Linda Ballas
Linda Ballas & Associates
7129 Nightingale Drive
Holland, OH 43528

Dear Ms. Ballas:

Thank you for your letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) dated March 26, 2002 and recently re-submitted, regarding the Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting requirements contained in 29 CFR Part 1904. Specifically, you are requesting OSHA's guidance regarding the use of prescription medication in treating a work-related case. In your letter you asked OSHA to clarify the following question and scenarios:

Question: An employee is hurt on the job and that employee is sent to a medical center. At the medical center, the doctor gives the employee a prescription and tells the employee to take if needed. Are there any circumstances that would keep this incident from being recordable?

Are any of the following or any other scenario able to not make the status recordable?
  1. The employee tells the doctor I do not want or need the prescription.
  2. The employee does not take the prescription and tells a plant official he did not take it and provides the plant official the prescription.
  3. A company doctor reviews the case and states the prescription was not necessary.
  4. The medical center doctor later agrees the prescription was not necessary.
  5. Any combination of the above conditions.
Response: Section 1904.7(b) states that a work-related injury or illness must be recorded on the OSHA 30