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Recordkeeping Mistakes Part 2

OSHA attorneys are intimately familiar with OSHA regulations. As legal experts, we want to ensure you are well-educated about recordkeeping. Visit Part 1 to get familiar with three areas mistakes are frequently made when filling out OSHA logs. Review your logs to be sure you aren’t missing pertinent information. In this second part, we present more mistakes you could be making. Our goal is to help you stay in compliance and avoid inspections. Always review OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for complete regulations for compliance.

Restricted Work

Restricted work is often confused by employers. According to OSHA regulations, an employee is assigned restricted work due to an injury or illness that occurred on a job site. The restricted work will replace the employee’s normal work until they are cleared by a medical professional. Restricted work may include an alternative job, lighter duties, or a reduced schedule to accommodate the employee’s illness or injury.


Some cases are private and should be treated as such on OSHA forms. In place of an employee’s name should be “privacy case.” Keep names and case numbers on a separate private list. Be advised that an employee can request privacy as well. Consider the following injury and illness cases as private:

  • Intimate body part or to the reproductive system
  • Injury contamination with blood or other infectious material
  • Sexual assault
  • HIV infection
  • Mental illness
  • Hepatitis or tuberculosis

Classifying Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA has standards for classifying injuries and illnesses. Be sure you are classifying wounds to the body correctly. Classify illnesses under the following:

  • Skin diseases or disorders
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Poisoning
  • Hearing Loss
  • Various other illnesses

To speak with an OSHA attorney from Cotney Attorneys & Consultants, please call us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.