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FirstStep Employment Law Advisor

Non-recordable Injury and Illness Incidents

Employers do not have to record:

  • Visits to a doctor or health care professional solely for observation and counseling.
  • Diagnostic procedures, including administering prescription medications that are used solely for diagnostic purposes; and any procedure that can be labeled first aid.
  • If an incident required only the following types of treatment, they are considered first aid and there are no employer recording requirements.
  • Using non-prescription medications at non-prescription strength.
  • Administering tetanus immunizations.
  • Cleaning, flushing or soaking wounds on the skin surface.
  • Using wound coverings, such as bandages, BandAids™, gauze pads, etc, or using SteriStrips™ or butterfly bandages.
  • Using hot or cold therapy.
  • Using any totally non-rigid means of support, such as elastic bandages, wraps, non-rigid back belts, etc.
  • Using temporary immobilization devices while transporting an accident victim (splints, slings, neck collars, or back boards).
  • Drilling a fingernail or toenail to relieve pressure, or draining fluid from blisters.
  • Using eye patches.
  • Using simple irrigation or a cotton swab to remove foreign bodies not embedded in or adhered to the eye.
  • Using irrigation, tweezers, cotton swab or other simple means to remove splinters or foreign material from areas other than the eye.
  • Using finger guards.
  • Using massages.
  • Drinking fluids to relieve heat stress.