OSHA 300A Summary Log – First Aid?

 In 2023, Tip of the Week

By the end of this week, on February 1, the OSHA 300A Summary log is supposed to be posted at your place of work. This summary log is a brief report of the injuries that happened at your workplace over the past year – in this case, for 2023. Why is this important? First, it is an OSHA mandate, and second, it gives information on how many injuries are happening.

At SCM, we prefer to talk about the injuries that did not happen, to celebrate the good work that is being done safely. But reality happens. Safety is not always number one – production and profit are really first in many workplaces. Companies hire and do business with other companies that have safe work records. They base their idea of how safe a company is on the number of injuries and illnesses listed on an OSHA 300 Summary log.

 

Only injuries that are beyond the OSHA criteria for first aid are listed on a 300A log. So, it becomes important to know what OSHA considers to be first aid. You only record an injury if it goes beyond first aid or the injured takes time off work. That is why we are going to base today’s quiz on what OSHA considers to be first aid. So here we go.… Answers will be at the end as usual.

1. Cherise, an accounting manager, twisted her ankle while walking down the stairs in the office. She went to an urgent care facility, where the ankle was diagnosed as sprained. Her ankle was wrapped with an elastic bandage, and she was told to take ibuprofen, a non-prescription medication. She was back at work the next day. Should this injury be recorded?

 

A. Yes, she was seen by a healthcare professional and the bandage was treatment.

B. No, the elastic bandage and non-prescription medication do not qualify as “beyond first aid.”

C. No, she did not take time off work beyond the day of the injury.

D. None of the above responses are reasonable.

E. Both B and C are correct.

2. Claude is a construction worker. While lifting some heavy boards, he strained his back. He was seen at a local occupational health clinic. They told him to rest and gave him a note to take five days off work. Should this injury be recorded?

 

A. Yes, he was prescribed to take some days off work.

B. No, he was not prescribed medication.

C. No, he was not told to return for a re-check.

D. None of the above responses are reasonable.

3. While operating a drill onWednesday, Jose catches the top of his finger in the blade, cutting off the top half inch. He is taken to the emergency room, where they try but are unable to reattach the finger. He takes the rest of the week off work and is back the next Monday. Should this injury be recorded?

 

A. Yes, this qualifies as an amputation, which is recordable.

B. Yes, he took two days off work,Thursday and Friday.

C. No, it was only the tip of his finger, not the whole finger.

D. No, he only took two days off work.

E. None of the above responses are reasonable.

F. Both A and B are correct.

Weekly discussion challenge:

In the introduction, we said that safety is not always number one. What do you think about that? Is safety number one where you work? If it isn’t number one, how important is it?

 

Answers:

1.       E. Both B and C are correct.

2.       A. Days off work qualify as a recordable injury.

3.       F. Both A and B are correct.

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