OSHA standards regarding recording of prescription medications

OSHA issued the following standard interpretations recently:

Prescription medications, including preventive antibiotics

Question: An employee who was bitten by a deer tick in the work environment, does not contract Lyme disease or any other illness as a result of the bite, does not exhibit any signs of illness, and does not miss any time at work. In an abundance of caution, a physician prescribes antibiotics as a prophylactic measure. Is it reportable?

Answer: Yes. The issuance of prescription antibiotics is considered medical treatment beyond first aid for OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping purposes. The scenario described above is a work-related injury involving medical treatment and must be entered on the OSHA Form 300.

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David Leng, CPCU, CIC, CBWA, CWCA, CRM

Author | Speaker | Certified Risk Manager | Certified Work Comp Advisor

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