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Nathan Braymen

Greetings! My name is Nathan Braymen and I am the creator of,, and (I go by #RedBeard on LinkedIn and other social media, connect with me!) I am a former USMC 7051 crash fire and rescue specialist. I studied Occupational Safety in college at Iowa State University and received both my BS and MS in occupational safety. I also am certified by the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council in OSHA recordkeeping and am an authorized OSHA outreach trainer. 

I began my career working at the USDA National Animal Disease Center in Ames, IA as a safety technician and then spent just short of 9 years at Berkshire Hathaway Energy as a corporate safety manager. I have over 15 years of experience in safety. Through this time I became known for getting things done quickly and also for my OSHA recordkeeping knowledge. I was asked often: Nathan, is it recordable? Being asked the question so often eventually led to the creation of this website! Ask a question and I'll usually respond very quickly (unless I'm driving or out of pocket for some other reason)!

Some of the scenarios on this site are actual incidents that visitors have submitted or incidents that I have happened to see first-hand. Some are completely fictional. All answers are based on OSHA recordkeeping guidelines. The ultimate decision on recordability rests with the employer but my goal is to provide additional perspective and equip you with the references you need to make that decision. is growing rapidly! To keep the site functioning smoothly, I have decided to open the door for sponsors and partnerships. If you would like to promote your brand on this site, lets talk! Email me at

If you have benefitted from this site and would like to provide a tip for all the hard work I've put into it, please use the Donate button below and thank you, in advance, for your generosity!

Special thanks to 
Whit Theobald for contributing several scenarios to the site!

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Check it out! My first safety book 5 Principles for Parenting and Occupational Safety Management was published August of 2020!

You may also be interested in my children's book, Mandorla, published in 2018. 

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is it recordable? is a top 200 podcast in the USA and has reached number 1 in some categories outside of the USA! Tune in for a quick (2-4 minute) bitesize podcast. Get a taste of OSHA recordkeeping and hopefully laugh while you do it:


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Your privacy and trust are important to us. We will not, in any circumstances, share your personal information with other individuals or organizations without your permission, including public organizations, corporations or individuals, except when applicable by law. You can trust us to deliver OSHA recordkeeping answers while keeping your personal information private and confidential. If we use your scenario that is submitted to us, we will not disclose the company or the names of the persons involved. Details about the event may be altered.
All guidance provided through this page is provided under the mutual understanding that, as specified by OSHA, the employer is responsible for making the ultimate determination for any and all additions to the OSHA 300 log. My goal is to help you feel confident you've made the right decision. We support professionals!
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