Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents
• Standard Number: 1904.5; 1904.5(b)(2)(v)


February 16, 2010

Mr. D. Scott Hayes, M.S.
Hayes Environmental Services, Inc.
3242 Executive Parkway, Suite 208
Toledo, OH 43606

Dear Mr. Hayes:

Thank you for your recent letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding the recordkeeping regulation contained in 29 CFR Part 1904 – Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. In an effort to provide you with prompt and accurate responses, we developed and continue to refine a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), in addition to maintaining a log of Letters of Interpretation (LOI) on the OSHA Recordkeeping website.

You ask for a specific interpretation of OSHA's regulation at Section 1904.5, "Determining Work Relatedness."

Scenario: A client's employee working for a construction company is paid to work from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm as bound by the National Maintenance Agreement that applies to craft employees working at this work site. At 12:20 pm (while off the clock), the employee exits a restroom and falls awkwardly, causing a deep laceration which requires sutures to close.

Question: Does this case fall within the exception in Section 1904.5(b)(2)(v) for injuries and illnesses that are solely the result of employees doing personal tasks (unrelated to their employment) at the establishment outside of their assigned work hours.

Response: Under 29 CFR Subpart C, "Recordkeeping Forms and Recording Criteria," an injury must be recorded if it is work-related, is a new case, and meets one or more of the general recording criteria (such as requiring medical treatment beyond first aid)