Employee Self-Diagnosis

Question: If an employee diagnosis themselves with work-related cancer without an opinion from a licensed health care professional, is it recordable?

Answer: NO. It would only be recordable if it was work-related and also diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional.

Section 1907.7(b)(7) provides that only a physician or other licensed health care professional can diagnose a serious or significant injury or illness. Work-related cases involving cancer, chronic irreversible disease, a fractured or cracked bone, or a punctured eardrum must always be recorded under the general criteria at the time of diagnosis by a physician or other licensed health care professional. OSHA believes that cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones, and punctured eardrums are generally considered significant injuries and illnesses, and must be recorded at the initial diagnosis even if medical treatment or work restrictions are not recommended.