When I’m doing OSHA training, a common question I get about recordkeeping of injury and illness requirements is:

Q: What if you get to the end of the year and you have a case that has someone who is still restricted or away from work?

A: What you need to do is estimate the days in the following year that the person will be off work and add that in to your total for the current year.

For instance, for any case like this, look at the calendar, the reason why the case is still restricted and the person’s work duties. If you believe the person will be off work for another five days in January 2014, then you need to add this to the summary for 2013.

For more information about OSHA’s Injury & Illness Recordkeeping requirements refer to the following:

» Compliance Director (CPL 2-00-135)
» Frequently Asked Questions on OSHA’s Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Rule
» Fact Sheet: OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule
» Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Forms
» Recordkeeping NEP